Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Friday, January 21, 2005  

Churchmen have no backbone

World Net Daily:

A Catholic lawyer who pressed heresy charges against Sen. John Kerry for advocating abortion plans to file similar church lawsuits against other prominent politicians, including Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Denunciations for "Heresy, Sacrilege, and Scandal" will be pressed against Kennedy, D-Mass.; Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Susan Collins R-Maine; and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, says Marc Balestrieri, a canon lawyer and director of the Los Angeles-based non-profit group De Fide.

"Senator Kerry is not the only pro-choice Catholic politician," Balestrieri told WorldNetDaily. "He's just one of a number who have diretly and incoherently, as Catholics, publicly professed the right to murder. Not only is it incoherent, it's heretical."

Balestrieri claims that under Roman Catholic Church law, support of abortion rights constitutes the "Right-to-Murder Heresy" condemned by Pope John Paul II in the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae of 1995.

The penalty for that offense, he argues, is automatic excommunication from the church.

Balestrieri has said, however, his goal is repentance rather than excommunication.

This fellow isn't getting much help from the Church, of course.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:47 PM |