Well, HE might be the pope, but I’m just a man. And I’m man enough to say that sometimes I might not get it exactly right. Especially when it comes to Canon Law. And it seems that Peregrinus might have been right after all with regard to excommunications and politicians voting for abortions–at least in regards to canon law. And Robert T. Miller, though a lawyer, is also a man (not the pope) and he admits that he got it wrong too. The tricky thing, as he points out, is that Benedict XVI IS the pope, and he also seems to have gotten the canon law wrong–so it seems that we are in good company.
Nevertheless, I do still stand by my original assertion that the pastors of Christ’s Church do have the authority to formally excommunicate those who publically and to the detriment of the Church persist in obstinate grave sin–which might (in certain situations depending on the pastoral judgement of the bishop) occasionally mean that pro-abortion politicians are excommunicated. BUT this clearly is not a case of the automatic lata sententia excommunication referred to under canon 1398 in terms of “procurring an abortion”. So there you are. Proof, Pastor McCain and Pastor Weedon, that while popes may be infallible when they definitively declare the faith and morals of the Church, they are not infallible when it comes to off the cuff comments about canon law. And neither am I.