Abortion Rights Supporters Threatened with Excommunication by Bishop

Supporters of abortion rights groups and right-to-die groups have been threatened with excommunication by a Roman Catholic Bishop in Lincoln, Nebraska. Members of Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz’ Lincoln diocese must drop their membership in 12 groups by May 15 or they will no longer be able to receive Holy Communion and will be excommunicated one month later. The targeted groups include Catholics for a Free Choice and Planned Parenthood; one member of the latter called the warning “totally ridiculous” and indicated a court battle might ensue if the bishop tries to enforce it. A spokesperson for Bruskewitz said only the pope can overturn the decision


CNN - March 24, 1996

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