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Vatican Declares Automatic Excommunication

May 29th, 2008
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Vatican City, May 29, 2008 / 02:29 pm (CNA).- The
Vatican declared today that any women who attempt “ordination” or any
bishops who attempt to “ordain” women are automatically excommunicated
from the Church by their actions. The decree from the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith is said to be absolute, universal and
immediately effective.

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Here is the text of the decree:

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
General Decree

Regarding the crime of attempting sacred ordination of a woman

The
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to protect the nature and
validity of the sacrament of holy orders, in virtue of the special
faculty conferred to it by the supreme authority of the Church (see
canon 30, Canon Law), in the Ordinary Session of December 19, 2007, has
decreed:

Remaining firm on what has been established by canon
1378 of the Canon Law, both he who has attempted to confer holy orders
on a woman, and the woman who has attempted to receive the said
sacrament, incurs in latae sententiae excommunication, reserved to the
Apostolic See.

If he who has attempted to confer holy orders on
a woman or if the woman who has attempted to receive holy orders, is a
member of the faithful subject to the Code of Canon Law for the Eastern
Churches, remaining firm on what has been established by canon 1443 of
the same Code, they will be punished with major excommunication, whose
remission remains reserved to the Apostolic See (see canon 1423, Canon
Law of the Eastern Churches).

The current decree will come into
immediate force from the moment of publication in the 'Osservatore
Romano' and is absolute and universal.

William Cardinal Levada
Prefect
Angelo Amato, S.D.B.
Titular Archbishop of Sila
Secretary

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  1. May 31st, 2008 at 01:03 | #1

    It wouldn’t do any good. Archbishop Malingo of Zaire tried to force the issue of married men being ordained. He actually ordained some married men to the priesthood and the episcopate, and he was immediately excommunicated and his movement (“Married Priests Now”) has basically faded away — it is currently kept operational only due to the support of the Moonies (no kidding).

  2. Josh S
    June 5th, 2008 at 17:41 | #2

    I’ll bet the automatic excommunication for ordaining a homosexual or having sex with a boy is a thousand times worse!

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