This is what Pope Francis did to the Mafia on Saturday afternoon in Calabria, Italia!
I just can't get enough of this Liturgy and it is so well done. The Gregorian Chant, the true chant of the Latin Rite, elicits prayer and contemplation from those who chant and listen. It is unique to our authentic Catholic spirituality and all but lost in the Latin Rite in about 99% of the parishes in our country and the world in favor of Broadway sounding ditties sometimes with a country/western twang as well as "Protestant Praise and Worship drivel." Time for true liturgical renewal!
Pope Francis, despite his inclusive reputation, has not shied away from excommunication when appropriate. I suspect we will see more of it as this pope will not have Satan manipulating Catholics and the institutional Church.
I see excommunication both public and private as having two major effects.
The first is that it makes clear what sin and evil one commits that places that person outside the boundaries of the Church and cuts them off from full communion with the Church.
The second is that is makes clear to the one excommunicated that they are outside the Church and possibly damned for it if they do not repent and return to the full communion of the Church. The Church is in fact the field hospital that must quarantine her sick, contagious members in order to cure them of their sin and evil sickness without spreading the contagion to others. For public excommunication there must be public repentance and reconciliation.
For these two reasons, I agree with Cardinal Burke that public figures like politicians who are Catholic must be excommunicated if they propose public policy that the Church opposes, not from the political point of view, but from the point of view of the Catholic Church's sure and certain Faith in the areas of morals.
I would say that this "nuclear option" must be used especially in the areas of the protection of innocent human life at its beginning and end (abortion and active euthanasia).
It must be applied, in my most humble opinion, to those Catholic politicians who deliberately try to undermine the religious liberty of the Church and try to use government to change the Church's teachings in the areas of human life, abortion and artificial contraception.
It must be applied to Catholics in the political sphere who oppose natural law even as it concerns secular marriage.
The mafia and politicians--there are similarities when evil and anti-Catholic actions are embraced even as feigning to remain active as Catholics.
LET THEM BE EXCOMMUNICATED AND ANATHEMA!