Sorry, if I have to talk about this here. There's something I'd like to say about this whole issue of RH Bill.
First, if you're trying to win the sympathy of ALL Catholics, my dear fathers and sisters, whatever it is you're doing, it's not working. You're only dividing the faithful. Why not instead of indignant homilies, side comments and scaring people of excommunication, you all go out into your communities. Talk to the people like those in the olden days when Catholic missionaries were working their way to convert indigenous peoples into Christianity. These are not Medieval times. You cannot launch wars against the gentiles anymore. If you want your former believers back, you have to court them to bring them back again to the Church. And being know-it-all pedantic-like won't win you points.
Apparently, the Church hasn't threatened anybody with Excommunication. Yet.
Defined as "the principal and severest censure, is a medicinal, spiritual penalty that deprives the guilty Christian of ALL participation in the common blessings of ecclesiastical society". The guilty "may not participate in public worship nor receive the Body of Christ or any of the sacraments."
So what does it mean when you're asked to walk away during Mass like what happened in Baguio? Isn't that a sampling of deprivation of 'participation in the COMMON blessings' It is a Eucharistic Celebration. It's a Sacrament. Within the Mass, we have the Holy Communion, another Sacrament. Essentially, asking somebody to walk away from two of the Seven Sacraments, what was that priest thinking?
When the time comes and the Church gets really annoyed, I hope and pray that they don't resort to this. It would look more like a petty argument.
Excommunication at New Advent's Catholic Encyclopedia