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ZOMG!! Distorter declared heretical! December 7, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals.

Absolutely shocking!  That bastion of fine Catholic reportage declared heretical!  Say it ain’t so!  Oh, wait……this was over 40 years ago!  It would appear this particular declaration did not have too much in the way of concrete effects, but the below is from the former Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri, from October 1968:

NOW, AS a last resort, I am forced as bishop to issue a condemnation of the National Catholic Reporterfor its disregard and denial of the most sacred values of our Catholic faith. Within recent months the National Catholic Reporter has expressed itself in belittling the basic truths expressed in the Creed of Pope Paul VI; it has made itself a platform for the airing of heretical views on the Church and its divinely constituted structure, as taught by the First and Second Vatican Councils. Vehemently to be reprobated was the airing in recent editions of an attack on the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the virgin birth of Christ, by one of its contributors.
Finally, it has given lengthy space to a blasphemous and heretical attack on the Vicar of Christ. It is difficult to see how well instructed writers who deliberately deny and ridicule dogmas of our Catholic faith can possibly escape the guilt of the crime defined in Canon 1325 on heresy, and how they can escape the penalties of automatic excommunication entailed thereby.

In fairness to our Catholic people, I hereby issue an official condemnation of the National Catholic Reporter. Furthermore, I send this communication to my brother bishops, and make known to the priests, religious and laity of the nation my views on the poisonous character of this publication……….

IN AS MUCH as the National Catholic Reporterdoes not reflect the teaching of the Church, but on the contrary, has openly and deliberately opposed this teaching. I ask the editors in all honesty to drop the term “Catholic” from their masthead. By retaining it they deceive their Catholic readers and do a great disservice to ecumenism by being responsible for the false irenicism of watering down Catholic teachings.

I further ask the editors and the board of directors, for the love of God and their fellow men, to change their misguided and evil policy; for it is evident to me that they have already caused untold harm to the faith and morals not only of our laity, but of too many of our priests and religious

So, was this excommunication ever revoked?  Was this publication re-instated?  If not, why is it universally found in parish offices, parish libraries, chanceries, or essentially any other official Church locale?  Am I being spoofed, or is this excommunication genuine?  If so, how does NCDistorter have any credibility at all?

Puts me in the mind for this, thanks to Orbis Catholicus:

A Church more willing to enforce discipline and canonical penalties may have a number of drawbacks, but it certainly let you know where you stood.


1. Chris Baker - December 8, 2010

Is an official condemnation different from an automatic excommunication? It seems like his official condemnation is explicit whereas the automatic excommunication is up for debate. When one is automatically excommunicated (rather than formally) what does one have to do to be back in communion with the Church? In the case of such a publication like NCR, would they have to issue an essay of apology or something like that?

tantamergo - December 8, 2010

I think the goal would be that they just shut down. Seriously, I don’t know, he definitely says they’re heretical, and the canonical imposition reads to me like a statement of excommunication. For the case of public sin like this, public amends would have to be made. Given how many heretical articles/opinion pieces they’ve published over the last 4 decades, that would be a long mea culpa.

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