Monday, October 18, 2004
Heresy and Excommunication
At MichNews.com the headline reads: BREAKING: SEN. JOHN KERRY “EXCOMMUNICATED,” ACCORDING TO VATICAN RESPONSE
I don't what or if there are repercussions for Kerry, but I did find a definition of Heresy, which I thought was something from the times of Salem or the Inquisition.
According to De Fide What is Heresy?
HERESY, according to Can. 751 of the Code of Canon Law, is the pertinacious denial or doubt of an infallible dogma of Divine and Catholic Faith committed by a baptized Catholic: "High Treason," if you will, against the Faith.
A DOGMA of DIVINE and CATHOLIC FAITH, according to Can. 750-1 is 1) a doctrine contained directly within either Sacred Scripture or Sacred Tradition, and 2) proposed as revealed by either a) the Solemn Magisterium, i.e. Ecumenical Council, or b) the Ordinary Universal Magisterium, i.e. unanimously by the Pope in union with the Bishops in their day-to-day teaching.
Over the centuries, Heresy has always been held to be the greatest threat to the Common Good and salvation of souls. The Church teaches that to adhere willfully and with full knowledge to a doctrine contrary to one proposed by the Church as revealed is to fundamentally choose a lie instead of the Truth: You cannot serve two Masters at once.
The "Right-to-Murder" heresy, commonly known as the "Right-to-Choose Abortion," is a clear and present danger to the welfare of every American citizen in two respects: Temporally, it is a threat to the inalienable Natural Law right to life; Spiritually, every Catholic's, every human being's inalienable right to the True Faith as it is enshrined in the Fifth Commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Murder," is placed in jeopardy.