H/T Te Deus Laudamus
We should never rejoice over the excommunication of anyone, certainly not a Catholic priest, since such a severe measure is designed to bring the excommunicated to repentance and communion with the Pope and Bishops, not to consign them forever to oblivion.
The first 'head to roll' in the Franciscan pontificate is a liberal priest who advocated women priests and affirmation of the gay lifestyle and it is said to have come from the authority of His Holiness himself.
Who would have thought it? Either people (including myself) have misread Francis widely off the mark, or this Pope wakes up in the morning and just goes on to have 'one of those days'. Read all about it here. Click here for another report on the same story. Yikes! It really looks like 'dialogue' has limits after all! Also, was this a decision taken with a sense of 'collegiality', because there are some English Bishops who might want to pipe down a little and get a grip on some problematic liberal priests and laity in their Diocese.
Wow. Only six months in and the binding and loosing of the Keys has been used on a liberal. I did not see that one coming. The Tablet had better get in line pronto, but I expect we'll see an interview with the dissident next week within its pages. The MSM are not going to like this story. I'd just like to re-pledge my loyalty and obedience to Pope Francis...
Pray for the renegade priest, that he repents of his heresies and returns to communion with St Peter.