The Clinton White House was very good at putting a 'face', as they called it, on whatever victimhood they wanted to promote with billions of dollars of government money, or your money depending on your philosophical outlook. The Episcopal Church was also very adept at this putting a face on something to promote paganism or worse as well. I am borrowing this tactic from my former oppressors and will be devoting some of Patum Peperium's energy to putting a face on the excommunicated. This is in hopes of promoting understanding of the truth of the Catholic Church among the masses that read Patum Peperium.
Both the masses that read Patum Peperium and the masses from over the centuries have been led to fear the Catholic Church and, more importantly, excommunication. There is nothing to fear. You only get excommunicated if you have done something really, really bad. Define bad you say? Well, the Catholic Church, being more humane institution than Bill or Hillary Clinton and the Episcopal Church gives definitons and guidelines so you know exactly what it takes to get yourself excommunicated. To prove my point, the next time you're fortunate enough to be at a cocktail party or book signing with Bill Clinton or Bishop Spong of the Episcopal Church ask them to define excommunication. See if they are capable of giving you guidelines, or a even a coherent thought, on such a serious subject. It is more likely that they will go into great detail about how excommunication has been used by the Church through the centuries as a tool for racism and sexism to prevent people from doing what comes naturally. Here are the Catholic Church's guidelines for excommunication from Father John Hardon's SJ, Catholic Dictionary;
Excommunication. An ecclesiastal censure by which one is more or less excluded from communion with the faithful. It is also called anathema, especially if it is inflicted with formal solemnities on persons notoriously obstinate to reconcilliation. Two basic forms of excommunication are legislated by the Code of Canon Law, namely inflicting penalties (ferendae sententiae) and automatic penalties (latae sententiae). In the first type, a penalty does not bind until after it has been imposed on the guilty party. In the second type, the excommunication is incurred by the very commission of the offense, if the law or precept expressly determines this (Canon 1314). Most excommunications are of the second type. Among others identified by the new Code are the following:
"An apostate from the faith, a heretic or a schismactic incurs automatic excommunication" (canon 1364)
"A person who throws away the consecrated species (think Act Up in St. Pat's a few years ago) or takes them or retains them for a sacrilegious purpose incurs an automatic excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See" (Canon1367)
"A confessor who directly violates the seal of confession incurs an automatic excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See" (Canon 1388)
"A person who procures a successful abortion incurs an automatic excommunication" (Canon 1398)
There are three principal effects of this penalty, so that "an excommunicated person is forbidden:
to have ministerial participation in celebrating the Eucharistic Sacrifice or in any other ceremonies whatsoever of public worship
to celebrate the sacraments and sacramentals and to receive the sacraments
to discharge any ecclesiastical offices, ministries or functions whatsoever, or to place acts of governance" (Canon 1331)
That's excommunication. Now for the excommunicated. Do you recall this story? Here's an update complete with photo. (Scroll down to June 27.) Be sure to hit on THUS to read Cardinal Ratzinger's call for repentance. He was very clear and spoke in plain English to the Danube 7 to make sure they understood him. They didn't repent and were excommunicated. Now these excommunicated are calling more women to their priestesshood and to their own eventual excommunications. With the aid of the media they are endangering the souls of others including the students at Carleton College who might accept the women's version of events. As Jamie, the writer, so accurrately points out the media has it completely backwards and appear to be idiots. It's their bigotry towards Catholicism that causes them to appear to be idiots. This would be more amusing if it the women's behavior didn't involve their own excommunications and potential excommunication of others.
I found this update on The Moral Highground via Andrew Cusack. The Moral Highground is a very interesting blog in that it is run by two very young men, 18 and 15 years of age, in Scotland. One is at St. Andrew's with Mr. Cusack. What is so interesting is that these young men get it. In other words, they understand liberals. They are not like the rest of their generation. The New Criterion needs to take note of what is happening over at St. Andrew's. There are young men there who can dress, think and drink. (I do not know about the 15 year-old's drinking capacity. He shouldn't be drinking. Mr. Cusack will have to provide details.) More importantly, these young men probably have loads of pocket money for subscriptions, Roger Kimball's latest and Messrs Panero and Beck's forthcomings. Now that Anthony Daniels has left, or is leaving England, for the brighter shores of France, I believe these young men at St. Andrew's are in need of The New Criterion more than ever. Think of the benefits for The New Criterion staff too. Schools like St. Andrews always have some deep pockets for speakers. You just need to know which pocket to reach into. Perhaps, they could invite Messers Kimball, Panero and Beck over to speak followed by golf and haggis at the A and R. (Or is it the R & A?) Afterwards, they can all move on to a rustic pub where Messrs. Panero and Beck can demonstrate how to be tossed out in style. (Being handed the lemon at a pub is different than getting excommunicated from the Church.)
There is much to be gained for all in this connection of St Andrew's and The New Criterion, if everyone has the courage to see it. I have the courage. Not only am I increasing my chances of a match between Mr. Kimball's son and our daughter by increasing the TNC's circulation thereby helping to secure its next 23 years, I am creating a fallback son-in-law list with all of these young and intelligent Catholic men. Be forewarned though, you must be interested in flying F16s if you would like to be awarded our daughter's hand in marriage.