Novus Ordo priest punished for “heresy and schism”…
Francis Critic “Fr.” Alessandro Minutella declared Excommunicated
The Archlayman of Palermo has announced that one of the Novus Ordo priests in his diocese, the 45-year-old “Fr.” Alessandro Minutella, has excommunicated himself for the crimes of heresy and schism. The statement put out by the Archdiocese of Palermo to that effect was quickly reported on Vatican News and in English reads as follows:
On November 13, 2018, Father Alessandro Maria Minutella was notified of the Decree of August 15, 2018 (Prot. No. 046/18) by which the Archbishop Corrado Lorefice DECLARES the excommunications latae sententiae, which the same priest has incurred for the crime of heresy and for the crime of schism, as required by canon law (cf. can.1364 §1 CIC), with all the consequences arising from the same measure.
(Father Vincenzo Talluto)
(Source: Vatican News; italics given.)
The same notification can be found on the web site of the Archdiocese of Palermo in the original Italian. The local ordinary there is “Abp.” Corrado Lorefice, who was appointed to his current post by Francis in 2015.
Details of what precipitated this drastic course of action have not been given but are not difficult to infer, given Minutella’s past history as an extreme Francis critic inside the Vatican II Church. Minutella is on record calling Francis a false prophet at the top of the mystical body of the Antichrist. In late March of 2017, he had made an open appeal to Francis regarding the confusion caused by Amoris Laetitia. When Minutella called for a conference of “Catholic resistance”, Lorefice stepped in and removed him from his post as pastor of St. John Bosco church,
Almost exactly one year ago, Minutella announced from the pulpit that he was expecting to be declared excommunicated very soon. We covered all this in a blog post at the time:
- Facing Excommunication: Italian Novus Ordo Priest critical of Francis to be slapped with harshest possible Penalty
Minutella is active on social media, and his Facebook profile can be found here. In 2017 he released a video after being threatened with not just one but two excommunications:
So Minutella has gone on the record accusing Bergoglio’s club of being a false church. In this assessment he is entirely correct, of course. Unfortunately, he does not seem to understand that by recognizing Francis as a true Pope, he himself is part of this false church, and it did not just come into being on Mar. 13, 2013 but has existed, at least in an inchoate manner, since Antipope John XXIII usurped the Chair of St. Peter on Oct. 28, 1958. In addition, Minutella — regardless of his intentions, which may be very noble indeed — is himself a false priest, since his orders were conferred in the invalid 1968 ordination rite of Antipope Paul VI.
We recall here that another outspoken critic of “Pope” Francis was “excommunicated” by a Novus Ordo pseudo-authority not too long ago: the Colombian Prof. José Galat. In contradistinction to Minutella, however, Galat takes the position that Francis is not a valid Pope (he believes Benedict XVI is), so it makes sense that Galat would pay no attention to any bogus “excommunication” by members of Francis’ false hierarchy.
Minutella’s position, however, makes no sense whatsoever. If Francis is the Pope of the Catholic Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ, then he cannot also be the head of the mystical body of the antichrist. This much should stand to reason. If Bergoglio is Pope, then it is Minutella’s duty to submit to him. That’s how the Catholic Papacy works.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind our readers that it is Catholic teaching that it is an error to think that an excommunication by a (genuine) Catholic authority is not to be feared so long as it is unjust (in which case it is void). On Sep. 8, 1713, Pope Clement XI issued the Apostolic Constitution Unigenitus, in which he condemned the errors of Pascal Quesnel, among which are the following:
CONDEMNED: The fear of an unjust excommunication should never hinder us from fulfilling our duty; never are we separated from the Church, even when by the wickedness of men we seem to be expelled from it, as long as we are attached to God, to Jesus Christ, and to the Church herself by charity.
CONDEMNED: To suffer in peace an excommunication and an unjust anathema rather than betray truth, is to imitate St. Paul; far be it from rebelling against authority or of destroying unity.
(Pope Clement XI, Apostolic Constitution Unigenitus, nn. 91-92; Denz. 1441-1442)
“Abp.” Lorefice is most certainly not a Catholic, much less an ecclesiastical authority, hence he can only pretend to declare an excommunication, nothing more. However, those like Don Minutella, who believe him to be the lawful Catholic bishop of the diocese, have no choice but to accept this declaration with docility and with the utmost seriousness.
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