Thursday, September 27, 2007

This is what it takes to get excommunicated in the Catholic Church

Six Catholic nuns have been excommunicated for heresy after refusing to give up membership in a Canadian sect whose founder claims to be possessed by the Virgin Mary, the Diocese of Little Rock announced Wednesday.

The Rev. J. Gaston Hebert, the diocese administrator, said he notified the nuns of the decision Tuesday night after they refused to recant the teachings of the Community of the Lady of All Nations, also known as the Army of Mary.


Hebert said the sect's members believe that its 86-year-old founder, Marie Paule Giguere, is the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary and that God speaks directly through her.

(...)A spokesman for the Army of Mary called the excommunication of the nuns and the other members of the sect an injustice. Father Eric Roy said Giguere has not claimed to be the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary, and said the 86-year-old Quebec woman "receives graces" from the Virgin Mary and God.


I'm not against this excommunication, but what irks me is that when I was in Quebec City, these were one of the few groups that was trying to promote some semblance of the traditional faith. I remember their centre on Canardiere street where they sold religious memorabilia. If the Church wants to bring people back, it has to be a little more bolder and a lot more forthright in its orthodoxy.

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