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Could a Pope Ever Be Excommunicated? (“Excommunication” Defined)

Q: There are certain enumerated acts which trigger automatic, latae sententiae excommunication.  Some of these acts could conceivably be performed by a Pope; for instance, it seems a Pope could help procure an abortion.  Is it, then, theoretically possible for a Pope … Continue reading

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Will Australian Priests Be Forced to Violate the Seal of Confession?

Q:  I know that priests aren’t allowed to reveal what people tell them in confession.  But what happens in places where reporting sexual abuse of children is mandated by law?  They’re talking about making it a legal requirement now in … Continue reading

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Have Pro-Abortion Politicians Excommunicated Themselves?

Q: We heard a priest give a homily around the time of the last election, talking about “Catholic” politicians who always vote pro-abortion. He said that these politicians have already excommunicated themselves. But he didn’t explain that. Is that right? … Continue reading

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Will the Woman Who Attacked the Pope be Punished?

Q1: I read a Vatican news report that said the woman who knocked the Pope down at Midnight Mass on Christmas will be judged by a Vatican court. What will most likely happen to her? –Andrew Q2: The papers say … Continue reading

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Are They Excommunicated? Sanctions, Part III

Q: Since all priests are now permitted to say the Tridentine Latin Mass, do you think that the Pope will lift the excommunication on the Society of Saint Pius X?  –Marjorie A: This is a question that is asked more … Continue reading

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