Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Notification of decree of excommunication

The Archbishop of Palermo has declared the excommunications "latae sententiae" incurred by Fr Alessandro Maria Minutella.
By Vatican News

The Archdiocese of Palermo, Sicily, has published a formal decree concerning the excommunication of an Italian priest for the crimes of heresy and of schism.

In canon law, some crimes are punished latae sententiae, or “automatically,” by force of the law itself, once they are committed. According to the Code of Canon Law, those who are excommunicated are forbidden from participating in the Eucharist or other ceremonies of worship; celebrating the sacraments or sacramentals and receiving the sacraments; exercising any ecclesiastical offices, ministries, or functions, or placing acts of governance.

In addition, further consequences follow once a latae sententiae excommunication has been formally declared.

Below, please find the notification of the decree of excommunication issued in regard to Father Alessandro Maria Minutella, published by the Archdiocese of Palermo The Italian original can be found on website of the Archdiocese of Palermo.

On November 13, 2018, Father Alessandro Maria Minutella was notified of the Decree of August 15, 2018 (Prot. No. 046/18) by which the Archbishop Corrado Lorefice DECLARES the excommunications latae sententiae, which the same priest has incurred for the crime of heresy and for the crime of schism, as required by canon law (cf. can.1364 §1 CIC), with all the consequences arising from the same measure.

Archepiscopal Chancellor
(Father Vincenzo Talluto)


Anonymous said...

Without knowing what he did, this tells us nothing. Did he offer a TLM?

James Ignatius McAuley said...

Father. With all due respect, you should look up the facts of a situation before posting. The proverbial "cool" is inappropriate here. Do we really celebrate excommunication?

Marc said...

So it appears he was excommunicated for refusing to adhere to Amoris Laetitia. That is an interesting development.

Excommunication is no fun, but I assume being excommunicated unjustly is probably even worse.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

We should celebrate public excommunications because it is for the eternal salvation of the soul who is in error. It is meant to motivate him by God's grace to repent of whatever it is that is causing schism and heresy and return to the truth and the pursuit of the gift of salvation. I think it should be used more often, especially for pro-abortion political and thus public Catholic figures in the Church. It would, God willing, help to save their souls, and keep others from falling into mortal sin who think that it is okay to be pro-abortion.

But the other comment on the reason for the excommunication is a good concern. The reason why is not given, although I suspect it is known in Italy. This seems to be a trend of bishops to put out in the public that a priest is accused and to lump all the accused together and not give facts. Maybe he was celebrating the EF Mass but also a Sedevacanist or however it is spelled, (don't excommunicate me for my grammar and spelling please! )

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Well, that would be a bit scary unless, Marc, he was fomenting schism in the diocese over it and publicly disobeying his bishop to whom he promised obedience at his ordination.

Was it the entire encyclical or just the footnote? I think we need more info.

Anonymous said...

Seems he was excommunicated for being a nutcase.

"His name is Alessandro Minutella. He is a 44-year-old Novus Ordo priest in Italy and has publicly criticized the man he belives to be the Pope of the Catholic Church, Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope Francis”) — basically for being too “progressive”. He went so far as to call Francis a “false prophet” at the top of the “mystical body of the antichrist”."


Marc said...

Just the footnote. He wasn’t giving communion to public adulterers (assuming the multitude of news stories about the history of this are accurate).

TJM said...


That was his mistake. If he had, he would have been raised to the episcopacy!

rcg said...

“Cool” may be a malapropism but it is good that this sort of thing be public. The laity should understand the rules and the bishops should not do these things in secret for the good of the Church. I have heard tails of priests continuing to offer a mass and gullible people ot knowing that the priest was not allowed to. As a sort of by the book guy myself, I would not buck the Bishop even if I knew he was in error, but would help get the facts known. For some reason this priest’s name rings a bell so he may be notorious.

My concern would be that he is simply nuts and not conciously schismatic. This is the same logic that should be applied to priests who played the legalistic route to maintain active homosexual lives. If they can’t help themselves why not excommunicate them until they can get straightened out? If a person is not able to make discernment should they be allowed Communion? Isn’t that the basic question for Confirmation?

Dan said...

Vigano in 5,4,3.....

James Ignatius McAuley said...

Father, we do not celebrate excommunication. Nor can it be called "cool." If justly rendered, they are an act of grief, for someone has been cut off from the body of Christ.

That it is made public is not a celebration. It is a ecclesial canonical , that is, legal, statement. While excommunication may need to be used as spiritual medicine in certain cases, it is not cool. If anything, calling it "cool" denigrates its spiritual importance. In another time there would have been those who would have used it against Gene, formerly known as PIN, and
Joe Potillor. (Yes, I know that Joe Potillor, by his actions has excommunicated himself from communion with the Bishop of Rome).

The history of breaking communion and banning individuals, as well as churches, from communion is not something we celebrate. As a Ukrainian Greek Catholic who has witnessed the breaking of communion between Moscow and Constantinople, this is not a celebration.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me a priest much like the Chicago priest exorcising his church, and destroyed by a bishop for not toeing the Francis party line.

He fought back and paid. I see no cause for celebration. This blog itself might be cause for excommunication in that diocese of Palermo.