Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Excommunications in the Diocese of Lincoln

Bishop James D. Conley prays at installation Mass outside of Risen Christ Cathedral in Lincoln, Neb. on Nov. 20, 2012. Credit: Seth DeMoor/CNA. From Catholic News Agency

For the most part, I am very happy to see a result in this. It's about times that members of those organizations are excommunicated. Now all members of those groups within the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska have been excommunicated barring them from the Sacraments. They can only return to the Church and the source of grace by repenting and confessing their sins.

However, one major error here is the inclusion of the Society of St. Pius X. You may not excommunicate a group for keeping the Catholic Faith, which is what the SSPX does. Their inclusion is invalid as a similar alleged excommunication was been overturned by Pope Benedict XVI as part of the "Hawaii Six".

Here is the original statement:
Statement issued by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz (published in Southern Nebraska Register, March 22, 1996)
All Catholics in and of the Diocese of Lincoln are forbidden to be members of the organizations and groups listed below. Membership in these organizations or groups is always perilous to the Catholic Faith and most often is totally incompatible with the Catholic Faith.

Planned Parenthood
Society of Saint Pius X (Lefebvre Group)
Hemlock Society
Call to Action
Call to Action Nebraska
Saint Michael the Archangel Chapel
Job's Daughters
Eastern Star
Rainbow Girls
Catholics for a Free Choice

Any Catholics in and of the Diocese of Lincoln who attain or retain membership in any of the above listed organizations or groups after April 15, 1996, are by that very fact (ipso facto latae sententiae) under interdict and are absolutely forbidden to receive Holy Communion. Contumacious persistence in such membership for one month following the interdict on part of any such Catholics will by that very fact (ipso facto latae sententiae) cause them to be excommunicated. Absolution from these ecclesial censures is "reserved to the Bishop."

This notice, when published in the Southern Nebraska Register, is a formal canonical warning.

By mandate of the Most Reverend Bishop of Lincoln.

Reverend Monsignor Timothy Thorburn, Chancellor March 19, 1996
May they repent and return to the Catholic faith.

6 comment(s):

del_button December 13, 2006 at 2:06 PM
Cathy said...


(P.S. The Society of St. John Cantius is now the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.)

del_button December 13, 2006 at 3:13 PM
Anonymous said...

Its always good to see one of our Apostolic Shepards looking after his flock!

del_button December 13, 2006 at 5:40 PM
Staying in Balance said...

This should happen in EVERY diocese.

del_button December 13, 2006 at 11:44 PM
Anonymous said...

Why is this an exception?

del_button April 6, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Anonymous said...

The founder of the society Bishop Lefebrve consecrated four Bishops in 1988 in direct violation of JPII. The problem is that prominent members of the society have supported many groups and ideas that are in direct violation with the teaching of the Catholic Church. The wikipedia page (although not from a Catholic perspective) does give a pretty good general idea of why the members of the society are excommunicated.

del_button April 6, 2011 at 7:37 AM
Matthew said...

You are incorrect. The SSPX are NOT excommunicated.

Post a Comment

Copyright Notice: Unless otherwise stated, all items are copyrighted under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. If you quote from this blog, cite a link to the post on this blog in your article.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this blog are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. As an Amazon Associate, for instance, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases made by those who click on the Amazon affiliate links included on this website. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”