PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EXCOMMUNICATION: A PURIFYING, PURGATORY TYPE FIRE!
Once again we see Catholic bishops wringing their hands over white racism and hate groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis. But why in the name of God and all that is holy are there not local bishops and groups of bishops issuing anathemas and public excommunications to those Catholics who actually belong to these kinds of groups and warning everyone that those who belong to these groups, Catholic or not, are going hell?
Vatican II, a pastoral, not dogmatic Council, which issued no anathemas whatsoever although there was plenty of fodder in the 1960's to do so and the subsequent development pastoral theology into a form of a new rigid doctrine or dogma has done great harm to the Church.
Public excommunication is not to be mean-spirited but to send a clear message to the one excommunicated and to the larger world, that certain forms of behavior are not to be tolerated in the Catholic Church when done with compunction and no desire to repent and sin no more. When a public disavowal of the evil one lives is made and then the sinner reconciled, the public excommunication is publicly lifted.
And this applies to Catholic politicians who support abortion on demand and promote ideologies contrary to the Church's clear teachings on sexuality and marriage.
But where are these public excommunications that only local bishops can perform and the Vatican should encourage?
We don't need academic statements coming from our bishops on hate groups and wringing our hands and lamenting their existence. We need sort, terse and direct condemnation and letters from our bishops that are short and to the point to be read at every Mass in particular dioceses.
Forget political and pastoral correctness!!