I found this article on NCR to be rather ironic. The article is your typical NCR dissident fair and checklist of everything from women’s ordination, divorce and remarriage, etc. The article is entitled Leaving New Orleans and the Catholic church.
After my long struggle to recognize the new spiritual self growing within, after leaving the church for a faith tradition I find more open and welcoming, and after confirming that I have chosen a path that is good and right for me, I have adopted as my favorite expression of assurance Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Now even for NCR it is difficult to understand this article appearing. Would you see in the National Review "Why I am no longer a conservative" or the new Republic "Why I am no longer a liberal." Or do they just allow an ode to leaving the Church since in many ways they have also done so?
There are several ways for the church to penalize or expel Catholics who lobby for change. The most extreme, of course, is excommunication, which rejects a person as Catholic unless or until that person formally admits and atones for the transgression. Persons are excommunicated not for sins of morality but for transgressions against faith — heresy.
Excommunication does not reject a person as Catholic. Excommunication is a canonical penalty and the person is to be denied access to the sacrament and from performing certain duties. It is a remedy to remind them and to bring them back into full communion with the Church. The ironic part was her writing from New Orleans is that Archbishop Joseph F. Rummel excommunicated several people relating to segregation which would be a sin of morality not heresy. Do you think the same people who worry about making Communion political would have denounced this act?
The article was written by Deborah Halter a longtime contributor to NCR. Please send some prayers her way.
The editor of NCR Tom Roberts writes Deborah Halter is a bright, engaging, devoted Catholic woman called to ordained ministry
Yes the magisterium of NCR has spoken. All bow and precede to burn copies of Ordination Sacerdotalis. Let us all go on pilgrimages to Kansas City so that we might see the Vatican of America. To try to catch of glimpse of Tom Roberts when he gives his Wednesday Audiences.