Pope Francis Declares Mafia Excommunicated During Mass in Calabria


"They are not in communion with God, they are excommunicated." --Pope Francis, speaking of the Calabrian mafiaPope Francis had strong words for the mafia during his visit to the southern Italian region of Calabria on Saturday.  In his homily for the feast of Corpus Domini, he accused the mafioso of "adoration of evil and contempt for the common good.""Those who in their lives have taken this evil road," the Pope said, "...this road of evil, such as the mobsters, they are not in … [Read more...]

“We Are Church” Movement Leader Is “Shocked” by Her Excommunication

From the We Are Church USA website, a photo of the LCWR Chicago vigil

Martha Holzer, a senior leader in the dissident Catholic group We Are Church, is "shocked" that Pope Francis has taken the extraordinary step of excommunicating her and her husband Gert.Pope Francis took this action after the pair "simulated the Mass"--that is, they regularly took part in “private Eucharistic celebrations” at her home with no priest present.  The Church considers the simulation of the Mass a delictum gravius, or “grave delict”. *     *     *     *     *We Are Churc … [Read more...]

Defiant St. Louis Church Wins… What?

St. Stanislaus Kostka

They get to keep the building—but at what price?  In exchange for the property rights, the parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in St. Louis, Missouri, are no longer Catholic.After a decade-long dispute, parishioners have won the right to keep their church property and assets.  St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Bryan Hettenbach ruled against the Archdiocese of St. Louis—siding with parishioners in 10 of 12 questions, finding that the archdiocese had no legitimate ownership claim on the pa … [Read more...]