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To: Kryptonite; SuziQ
I visited my daughter today who resides in Archbishop Burke's former diocese in La Crosse. It may take some time to nail down the exact date, but during a discussion with her, she cited an article describing several excommunications that occurred in the 1950's involving Catholic legislators who fought vehemently and voted against a decision by the Catholic Church in their diocese to desegregate their parochial schools.

As a result of their hatred, bigotry and public expression of same, three "Catholic" legislators were excommunicated. Two of the three ultimately realized the immorality of their stance and exhibited their catharsis in word and deed. They were welcomed back into the Church. The third died while still excommunicated.
13 posted on 01/16/2004 11:17:37 PM PST by EODGUY
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To: EODGUY; BlackElk; drstevej
OOOOOOHhhhh--I remember the incident, vaguely. (The '50's were my youth, said I, dissembling only slightly.)

Your daughter deserves to be a Member of the Board of the Society for the Cause of Canonization of Tomas Torquemada of Blessed Memory.

Pings to other Board Members for immediate approval.
16 posted on 01/17/2004 5:18:35 AM PST by ninenot (So many cats, so few recipes)
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To: EODGUY
several excommunications that occurred in the 1950's involving Catholic legislators who fought vehemently and voted against a decision by the Catholic Church in their diocese to desegregate their parochial schools.

Thanks to you and your daughter.

Clearly, Bishop Burke's Notification cannot be said to be unprecedented, and because it is limited to "anti-life" issues (abortion and euthanasia), which one could conclude are even more important than school desegregation, excommunication appears to me to be an appopriate exercise of discretion.

26 posted on 01/17/2004 9:15:07 PM PST by Kryptonite
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