Not surprisingly, Voice of the Faithful, that so-called “centrist” group that takes no stance on “controversial” disputes over Church teaching, condemned the decision by the Vatican to back up Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz’s excommunication of members of certain heterodox groups, including Call to Action, Planned Parenthood, an SSPX chapel, and the Freemasons. Which one of those do you think bothered VOTF the most?
David Alexander is on the case. First he excerpts their press release:
Voice of the Faithful is deeply disturbed at the action of both Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln NE and Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the Congregation for Bishops. In our goal to be a ‘voice’ for faithful Catholics we call for an explanation of the process by which this decision was made. We are competent, educated people who understand the long history of this serious action and we see no justification for denying any person access to the life of the Church simply by virtue of her or his membership in a select group. Voice of the Faithful condemns the process by which a class of people was summarily excommunicated by a single bishop in the US. Instead, VOTF follows the long tradition of the Church where excommunication should be practiced rarely and individually with careful discernment.”
Now, under what circumstances should a bishop be able to excommunicate someone, according to VOTF? By their standard, no one in the history of the Church would have been excommunicated. In fact, they show a distinct lack of understanding that excommunication is in fact what we do to ourselves and a decree of excommunication is a notification of that fact. But David has his own good response to VOTF: