The conservative blogosphere has another target-of-the-week, Maryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois, who, it was assumed, since he did not recant for attending the ordination of a woman, was summarily executed … I mean excommunicated last December. But was he? Is the threat enough? Fr Bourgeois doesn’t think he is; he never received notice from Rome. I don’t believe there was ever a CDF announcement beyond the original threat.
Ecclesiastical discipline used to be a method of steering people to virtue, or at the very least, sttering them to political conformity. Now it’s all about a worldwide pep rally conducted via the internet. SSPX excommunications lifted: one sections cheers, one section boos. ND still Catholic: one section cheers, one boos. Bourgeois not booted: cheers here, boos there. At what point does the morale factor trump the morality and render the church discipline aspect second fiddle? Is giving scandal really scandalous when the scandalized actively seek ecclesiastical tittillation?