Bishop Vasa Explains Use of Excommunication and Communion Denial
This recent article by Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, OR has written a thorough and thoughtful explanation of the use of excommunication and the denial of communion to those in opposition to Church teaching.
We at Catholic Advocate think it is important for the bishops consider using their power to deny communion, as well as the power of excommunication, to address the ongoing scandalous voting record of most Catholics in the Congress.
Bend, Ore., Jan 7, 2010 / 04:17 am (CNA).- A bishop’s power of excommunication in grave cases is like that of a doctor who cuts off a diabetic patient from sugar, Bishop of Bend, Oregon Robert Vasa has said. Explaining the practice, he noted that excommunication is an act of charity intended to instruct a wayward Catholic about the gravity of his or her situation.
Writing in his Jan. 7 column for the Catholic Sentinel, Bishop Vasa noted that bishops are “extremely reluctant” to take the step of excommunication.