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Letter Concerning 'Call to Action'

by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re

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Cardinal Re Letter to Bishop Bruskewitz Concerning 'Call to Action'


This letter, dated November 24, 2006, was sent by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, to Lincoln Nebraska's Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. 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. This letter from Cardinal Re is a reaffirmation of Bishop Bruskewitz's declaration.

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Congregation of Bishops, November 24, 2006

Prot. N. 539/92
Your Excellency,

I have received your recent letters and the enclosed documentation concerning the association "Call to Action Nebraska". 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 judgment 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 judgment 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 understated that their line of action is causing damage to the Church of Christ.

I invoke God's blessings upon you and upon that portion of Christ's faithful assigned to your pastoral care.

With sentiments of fraternal esteem, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re

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