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10/19/2004

 

Kerry not Excommunicated


Yesterday, I reported that a California lawyer had claimed that a letter he received from a minor Vatican official indicated that Kerry had been silently excommunicated, but I added that we should wait for someone higher up the Vatican chain to authenticate this.

The Vatican tells the Catholic News Service that Father Basil Cole's response to the lawyer was not an official Vatican response.
Vatican officials contacted by CNS Oct. 19 said they did not agree with Father Cole's conclusion that Kerry has incurred excommunication.

"You can incur excommunication 'latae sententiae' (automatically) only if you procure or perform an abortion," one said.
So Kerry's still a Roman Catholic according to the only people whose rulings in this case matter.

Yet a heretic is "a person who holds controversial opinions, especially one who publicly dissents from the officially accepted dogma of the Roman Catholic Church."

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