Monday, February 05, 2007

Paging Dr. Peters

Dr. Peters sounds off on the excommunication case in Salzburg where an auxiliary bishop has allegedly excommunicated a mall owner for renting space for an abortion clinic.

Finally, as I've said many times, canon law imposes excommunication only for a very narrow range of actions; renting space to an abortion clinic isn't among them. Maybe it ought to be, and maybe there's some other way to visit penal consequences on what is obviously an objectively gravely immoral action; but as of now, even if the right diocesan officers were citing the most relevant canons, there is no excommunication in canon law for the act described.

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