Action Alert!

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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  • Posted by: - Dec. 08, 2006 1:41 PM ET USA

    I have asked our good Bishop in FL about this. His response was just as expected. He wishes to "keep open the dialog..." When I reminded him that any dialog must begin with a waring about thier eternal damnation, he excused himself and found another person to speak with. Terry Schiavo, pray for your Bishop.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 07, 2006 3:13 PM ET USA

    Or San Francisco... (Marin & San Mateo Counties) Sorry about this. If everybody who agrees with it posts the name of his own see this may get to be the longest thread in OTR history.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2006 2:15 PM ET USA

    at: you can see CTA is none too comfortable with Bishop Dolan

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2006 1:51 PM ET USA

    Your excellent question, great leader, leads me to an uneasy truth - and I realize that this has been a persistant claim of mine, perhaps ad nauseum to some - that we are no longer one. No longer that which we claim in our creed. No longer that for which Jesus prayed "that they all be one, even as you Father and I are one." No longer apostolic, no longer holy. Instead our delequesing faith has become that of "leigon." Perhaps we must be plunged into the abyss before we can be restored.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2006 1:28 PM ET USA

    Or Rhode Island Ave. in Washington, D. C.! The plot thickens. I believe a Holy See office decided the Call to Action appeal early in '05. The principal CWNews report on this story today seems to suggest that Cardinal Re just disposed of the appeal finally & announced the disposition in the Nov. 24 letter. Now I wonder whether that letter simply responded dutifully to the McShane inquiry re the applicability of the Call to Action judgment to Call to Action NEBRASKA. The letters, please?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2006 12:55 PM ET USA

    Or Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles