Tarry for the Nonce

February 11, 2009

Would You Disavow Free Will?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 5:23 pm

Spiegel misses several points, but primarily the concept of a divided Catholic Church over the comments of a single bishop.

Only the Pope and Magisterium declare doctrine and as long as the bishops and priests are in concert, they are teaching the truth of the Catholic Church. The bishop is a man of free will and can think and say anything he wants, in error or not. It doesn’t make it part of Catholic teaching. The Church can – and did – censure or excommunicate him, but they can’t exert absolute control over his past rhetoric.

I think most Catholics get this. Spiegel doesn’t.



  1. Yes, I believe this is worthy of being excommunicated.

    The catholic church has enough history of turning a blind eye towards this.

    Comment by Howard The Social Liberal — February 15, 2009 @ 1:50 am

  2. If the Catholic Church was that strict, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi would be roundly excommunicated for their willful (scandalous) defiance of the faith of the Catholic Church.

    And – come to think of it – I would find that measure absolutely appropriate. So perhaps I am closer to agreeing with you on point than I ever thought was possible.

    After they are excommunicated, we can talk about an errant bishop.

    Comment by lmwalker — February 19, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

  3. If I understand correctly, Williamson was excommunicated for being episcopally consecrated without the Pope’s approval. Does the lifting of Williamson’s excommunication somehow also officially consecrate him as a Bishop?

    While excommunication might be too harsh, accepting him as Bishop is another matter, no?

    Comment by Kevin — February 28, 2009 @ 1:03 am

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