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The secular mandatum

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 29, 2004

Garry Will is very unhappy with the US bishops, because they presume to speak from authority on the issue of abortion.

Wills doesn't think that bishops should speak from authority. Only he should do that.

Thus, Wills quickly dismisses a Scriptural argument by Pope Pius XII, saying: "Yet no scholar of Scripture accepts that reading of Genesis 38:9 anymore..."

No scholar of Scripture accepts that reading? None at all?

Then suddenly you realize how this game is played. If someone does accept that argument, by definition he doesn't qualify as a scholar. Leave it to Wills to decide who is a qualified scholar, and you'll find that-- surprise!-- all the scholars agree with him.

Now if a Catholic bishop tried that route-- announcing that university professors aren't Catholic scholars if they disagree with the magisterium-- just imagine the outrage from Wills!

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 29, 2004 8:56 PM ET USA

    Dear robbie, I think you don't realize it, but they (the pro-abort politicians) already are excommunicated..., automatically, according to existing Canon Law. The bishops are not enforcing it.

  • Posted by: Robbie - Jun. 29, 2004 5:54 PM ET USA

    Paul Badstone of Sojouners, resent by Augustine Peace and Justice site says similar=Myanswer=Maybe I've missed it, but I haven't seen any bishop actually banning a Catholic (?) politician from Communion - a discussion, but no ban. Maybe they should just excommunicate anyone promoting or allowing abortion to happen. I'm just an uneducated peeon Catholic, who probably slept through ethics classes, but I do know that abortion is murder even if the State says it's OK. There is a "just war" theory

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 29, 2004 10:43 AM ET USA

    I read the arrticle, and horror of horrors, the man is a Catholic. No doubt the fruit of our bishops' disciplinary policies over the decades. To this very moment, the bishops refuse to execute appropriate disciplinary authority...to our disgrace.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 29, 2004 10:21 AM ET USA

    "Now if a Catholic bishop tried that route-- announcing that university professors aren't Catholic scholars if they disagree with the magisterium.." I think to be perfectly honest we all should have deduced the above quote about 10 yrs ago.We certainly had enough warning mystically But should we all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that we "figured it out?" Or perhaps we would prefer to have people like Willis (whatever he claims to be) run our Church? I would prefer death

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