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the call stands: runner is out.

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Dec 07, 2006

Good news travels fast. Nino Ganganelli's cousin Sam (who does photocopier repair in Topeka) reads us some quotes from the November 24, 2006 letter of Cardinal Giovanni Battista "Sugar" Re, the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, to Lincoln Nebraska's Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. By way of background, it's helpful to know that, in March of 1996, Bishop Bruskewitz excommunicated those Catholics in his diocese who were members of Call to Action, Catholics for a Free Choice, Planned Parenthood, the Hemlock Society, the Freemasons, and the Society of St. Pius X. The Call to Action crowd complained to Headquarters. Here Cardinal Re reaffirms Bruskewitz's declaration:

I read in particular the letter dated February 19, 2006, by which Mr. John McShane, on behalf of "Call to Action Nebraska", is asking for authoritative judgement of the Holy See about Your Excellency's sentence on the same association.

You can explain to Mr. McShane that the Holy See considers that Your Excellency's ruling in the case of "Call to Action Nebraska" was properly taken within your competence as Pastor of that diocese. The judgement of the Holy See is that the activities of "Call to Action" in the course of these years are in contrast with the Catholic Faith due to views and positions held which are unacceptable from a doctrinal and disciplinary standpoint. Thus to be a member of this Association or to support it, is irreconcilable with a coherent living of the Catholic Faith.

I am confident that Mr. McShane and all the members of "Call to Action" will understand that their line of action is causing damage to the Church of Christ.

Since the Holy See considers that membership in Call to Action or CFFC puts one outside the Church Universal in Nebraska, one is moved to wonder what climatological factors make it OK in ... say ... Michigan.

Or Wisconsin.

Or Florida ...

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