Here is something that the Fishwrap won’t be happy to report.
German sources report that Pope Francis, the first Pope who ever smiled, the first Pope who ever kissed a baby, the first Pope since … well, some nice Pope who has been nice… has excommunicated the head of the dissident group We Are Church in Austria.
In fact, the they incurred the excommunication automatically, by having committed that sin, and the censure was confirmed by a decree of the local Bishop of Innsbruck.
Martha Heizer and her partner, Gert, pretended to say Mass. Don’t attempt this at home. Simulation of the Eucharist, Mass, is a serious sin that incurs an excommunication.
The couple “rejected” the excommunication when the local bishop tried to deliver the decree. That showed those Vatican meanies!
While the news reports are saying that Pope Francis excommunicated them, which isn’t the case, the couple said they were going to simulate a Mass some time ago, HERE, which means that the CDF would have been informed. Since there was a plan announced in advance to do this, the local bishop would have informed and consulted with the CDF. In turn, that means – more than likely – that, during one of Card. Müller’s regular meetings with the Pope, the Holy Father was briefly consulted about his will in the matter.
If the Pope didn’t excommunicate the public sinners, he surely gave his nod to the decree from the local bishop.
Let us pray that these penalties will bring about a change of heart and mind.
That said, Australian former-Father Greg Reynolds is still excommunicated.