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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on July 10, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: On Heresy and Other Sins

Heresy is a grave evil; deliberate refusal to accept the correction of the Church is a grave sin. In an astonishing case of the pot calling the kettle black, however, Traditionalists have rushed to denounce two recent critical appointees of Pope Benedict as heretics, complete with cherry-picked quotes to prove what they cannot prove.

I do not have access to the minds of the new Vice President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission or the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. But it takes more than a few quotations taken out of context and subject to plenty of interpretation to create a case for heresy, as I try to show in:

Other news is mixed. Sadly, in the Episcopal Church things continue to deteriorate. Thank God for the Magisterium! See Episcopal Church approves transgender ordinations, blessing of same-sex relationships.

But we Catholics can see positive signs. In what could well become a trend, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville has ended the violation of the rights of the faithful by a priest who refuses to celebrate the liturgy as the Church prescribes: Priest who 'ad libbed' liturgies is suspended from ministry. This includes a commentary by Phil Lawler....

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