by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
Even a pope is automatically excommunciated if he commits the crime of ecclesiastical schism, which consists in refusing communion with members of the Church.
This crime is even greater, when a pope refuses communion with a legitimate and Catholic member of the hierarchy.
But sacking a Bishop without cause and for no crime other than being a Catholic is the worst crime of refusing communion.
Therefore, the act whereby Pope Francis attempted to sack Bishop Strickland of Texas is an act of schism, which has ipso facto merited Pope Francis the penalty of excommunication leveled in Canon 1364.
This means that Catholics in good conscience can refuse all commands and orders of Pope Francis and priests can refuse to mention his name in the Canon.
However, only a provincial or general Council of the Church can declare that Pope Francis has lost his office or is no longer a member of the Church.
Therefore, it becomes the grave duty of all who recognize this as an act of schism, to join the Sutri Initiative and insist on a Provincial Council to judge the crime.
CREDITS: A Photo of Br. Bugnolo visiting the Castle of Tolfa, in the Suburbican Diocese of Porto Santa Rufina, outside Rome, this October.