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Kerry excommunicated?

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posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 02:17 AM
Has John Kerry been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church? According to this article, it sounds like he has... As for what impacts such a thing could have on the U.S. Presidential Election, I don't know. But what do you think?


Kerry said to be excommunicated

Los Angeles, Oct. 18 ( - A consultant to the Vatican has said Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has incurred the penalty of excommunication from the Catholic Church.

The consultant made his statement in a highly unusual letter to Marc Balestrieri, a Los Angeles canon lawyer who formally sued John Kerry in ecclesiastical court for heresy.

Balestrieri, who launched his case earlier this year by filing a heresy complaint in Kerry's home archdiocese of Boston, told EWTN's "World Over" program on Friday that he had received an unusual, indirect communication from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the pro-abortion stance.

That communication provides a basis, he said, to declare that any Catholic politician who says he is "personally opposed to abortion, but supports a woman's right to choose," incurs automatic excommunication. It also provided a basis for Balestrieri to broaden his canonical actions and file additional complaints against four more pro-abortion Catholic politicians: Democrat Senators Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Tom Harkin of Iowa; Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine; and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, a Democrat.

The current action could be significant as it could undercut the entire debate over denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians. An excommunicated Catholic may not receive any of the sacraments of the Church, including the Eucharist, marriage, and even Christian burial. The type of excommunication outlined in the new information is called latae sententiae, which means that it occurs automatically and does not require a formal pronouncement by any Church official...


Catholic World News

[edit on 10/19/2004 by ThunderCloud]

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 09:51 AM
I know people who work at EWTN where this article came
out of . I have emailed asking clarification of what happened.

I know there was a charge of Heresy put before
the Catholic church about Kerry. It was brought up by
people within the church. The Church HAS to answer the
charge. First it goes to the bishop. He'll wimp out and
kick it up to Rome. Rome then makes a decree. I don't
see Rome having any choice but to officially excommunicate

Technically Kerry has already excommunicated himself. He
knows what the church believes and teaches. He knows
the rules. He consistantly breaks them and boasts of
breaking them. He is no longer in communion with the
church or it's teachings.

If he were any kind of real man he'd just leave. It's
hypocritical to continue to go to church in a place that you
don't believe in ... just to look good and get votes.

The charge of Heresy also contained the fact that Kerry was
leading other Catholics astray by his actions. This is a serious

It is the job of the Catholic church to tell it's members when
they are not in line with church teaching, and to tell them why
the church teaches what it does. Kerry has been warned over
and over. If he has been officially excommunicated by Rome
then he should take a long hard look at why and he should
pray about it. If he still can't follow the church's teachings, then
he should get the hell out. There are PLENTY of other churches
around and I'm sure some of them fit his belief system.

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 09:53 AM
The process is bigger than this. *sigh* More right wing propaganda.

They didn't excommunicate Hitler for the murder of millions. I have no respect for a church that ignores such an act in order to save its own ass.

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 09:58 AM
Hypocrisy? Are you serious? A significant number of 'Catholics' disagree with at least one tenet of the Church and THEY still go to church and receiev communion. What about the large number of Church officials connected to covering-up the pedofile scandals? What about the bearing of false witness by the government? This whole thing is SO outrageously biased and politically motivated it fails the stink test from 50 yards. You can't impose diffferent rules and policies and different people. This is Papal BS

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 10:01 AM

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 10:01 AM
Here's some food for thought that the Catholic Church should consider right?

Stop the press! Dick Cheney loves a lesbian!

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 12:56 PM

Originally posted by Nerdling
They didn't excommunicate Hitler for the murder of millions. I have no respect for a church that ignores such an act in order to save its own ass.

Adolf Hitler was raised a Roman Catholic?

posted on Oct, 19 2004 @ 01:02 PM

If you elect a catholic into office, you are electing the church hierarchy!!!

If that is what the church wants us to believe, so be it!!

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