Bishop of Albany addresses questions about excommunication, Canon 915 and Governor Cuomo

The Deacon's Bench | 1/28/2019 | Staff
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From the Diocese of Albany website, words from Bishop Ed Scharfenberger, who also talked about it in the video interview above:

The passage of the so-called Reproductive Health Act continues to raise questions about the status of Catholics who voted or strongly promoted the sinful actions that this Act now authorizes under color of law. Calls for excommunication have risen in order to highlight the grave moral evil the participants have engaged in and to punish those who on the one hand profess to be Catholic while disregarding the moral teachings of their faith.

Purpose - Excommunication - Sinner - Person - Practice

The whole purpose of excommunication is to note the sinner and to bring the person back to the full practice of the faith. It is not meant to satisfy a desire to see some punishment. Excommunication is a very severe measure but it is not intended to be punitive or vindictive, but rather reparative and constructive.

I heartily commend those legislators who stand on the side of life, especially those who courageously have voted to protect the humanity of the unborn child, in accord with science and right reason, and not along ideological or party lines....
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