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more than a model

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 14, 2008

Edward Peters, whose "In the Light of the Law" weblog regularly provides reliable and often revealing commentary on canon-law issues, says that he would like to cite Archbishop Burke's announcement as a textbook illustration of proper disciplinary action. But he can't, he explains.

Why not? Because Abp. Burke's attention to juridic details and his provisions for the pastoral care of the people entrusted to his care so exceed what the textbooks teach, that it is the textbooks that must copy from him, not him from the textbooks.

Peters urges his visitors to read the entire text of the formal excommunication decree. That's good advice. But if you're not yet ready to tackle the whole document, at least read the short commentary by Peters and see if that whets your appetite.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2008 4:33 AM ET USA

    The Archdiocese of St Louis also has a Q&A page explaining the business so that no teaching moment is lost. Bravo, Archbishop Burke! Floreat et crescat semper!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 14, 2008 6:06 PM ET USA

    Please join all the Marian Catechists in praying the Memorare every day for Archbishop Burke's intentions.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 14, 2008 1:34 PM ET USA

    In all likelihood these women deliberately chose Archbishop Burke's diocese to do this in precisely so that they could be excommunicated. They don't believe in the efficacy of excommunication any more than they do in the Pope's authority to teach definitively, but it gives them good press in the circles in which they move, where they are lauded as heroines.