I think it was CMR which suggested that NCR’s piece on excommunication might be the stupidest thing you read today. I stress today. (NCR is sure to writer about it again some time.)
It is hard to imagine that a writer can get so many things wrong in one article, but St. Louis U’s Ronald Modras has changed the height of the bar.
Lemme save you some time and make two little points.
First, liberal NCR types would have you believe that excommunication is outdated, silly, ineffective, irrelevant… take your pick.
But if excommunications are so irrelevant, why did they throw a nutty when the Pope lifted an excommunication of an SSPX bishop?
Furthermore, the Modras offers this:
Are Catholics ever allowed to see abortion as the lesser of two evils? In the face of such moral dilemmas, the automatic excommunication is intended to leave no doubt as to where the church’s leadership stands. Whether that lessens the number of abortions is at least doubtful.
Doubtful? Ummm… does anyone seriously think that the number if abortions would not rise if the Catholic Church were to change its stand about abortion or give the impression that it was changing its stance by doing away with excommunication as a penalty?