It's official: female "deacon" excommunication lifted

Last month, Norma Jean Coon renounced her attempted ordination to the diaconate.  And on Friday, the feast of the Annunciation, she publicly announced that her excommunication was lifted:

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has lifted any canonical sanctions that I incurred by attempting ordination as a deacon. A letter from Bishop Robert Brom states that I may now return to the full practice of our Catholic faith. I have been very touched at the remarkable support of my actions and the prayers offered in my behalf during this trying time. I wish to thank all those who have prayed for me and for my family. The prayers and masses have been deeply appreciated. May Lent and Easter hold many blessings for you and your family.

Sincerely in our Lord,
Norma Jean Coon
March 25, 2011

You can read more at her website, including a personal prayer of thanksgiving.

Comments

  1. This is, of course, great news.

    But, while we have only NJC’s characterization of the letter from CDF, that characterization does not mention “excommunication”. Rather, it says “sanctions” a term that might or might not mean excommunication, of course. I still know of no basis upon which NJC would have been excommunicated for her action. Does someone else have more specific information? I think it worth trying to track this down as these facts are going to be repeated in some cases, but not in others, adn we should keep them straight.

  2. Given the usual meanings of words, wouldn’t the excommunication (singular) be one of the sanctions (plural)?

    Imagine the following hypothetical situation: a priest impregnates a 13-year-old, pressures her to have an abortion, takes her to the abortion clinic and pretends to be her father, and pays for her abortion. He is excommunicated automatically for the sin of procuring an abortion. Suppose later these facts come to light, and he is removed from priestly ministry, etc., per the Dallas procedures. He repents of all of these sins, and hence the excommunication is lifted. But none of the other sanctions are — he is still permanently removed from ministry.

    Perhaps there were other sanctions placed upon Ms Coon by her pastor, bishop, and/or the CDF, along the way to her very public penitence, and along with the lifting of the excommunication, those other sanctions are being lifted.

  3. Glad to see her repent and denounce this dissenting act. We need to welcome her back, but going forward, let us hope she does not fall into open dissent on other settled issues of the Church. Trust be verify…

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