THE WRATH OF THE BISHOP

WILL EXCOMMUNICATION SILENCE CHURCH CRITICS?

It is the kind of snide denunciation usually reserved for dim-witted Hollywood moguls, not the sort of jab one would expect to find in a religious newspaper. But in the current issue of the National Catholic Reporter, columnist Tim Unsworth lambastes Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz as an incompetent cleric who has "been holding his cellular phone too close to his brain." What sparked the invective was Bruskewitz's move to excommunicate members of his diocese who belong to any of 12 groups deemed "perilous to the Catholic faith," including Call to Action, the Catholic lobby supported by 5,000 priests and nuns, which challenges...

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