Catholic Church Nixes Naughty Nuns: The Army of Mary Excommunications

An apparent end has come to the interesting religious drama that’s been taking place between the Catholic Church and a Quebec-based sect called the “Community of the Lady of All Nations” or the “Army of Mary”: after decades of steadily worsening relations and finally a formal condemnation, the Catholic Church has now officially excommunicated six nuns who refused to recant their heretical dedication to the sect.

I’ve had a hard time finding out what the specific “gravely erroneous doctrines” were that the group promulgated, primarily because most of its writings are in French. But its founder, who may or may not have claimed to be a “mystical incarnation” of the Virgin Mary (when she’s not appearing on garage doors I suppose), certainly seems like the sort of unpredictable charismatic that would threaten the official order. Who knows though: had she been a mite more cryptic and less eager to wander outside of church doctrine, she could have ended up as a modern Lúcia Santos (and then promptly locked away and forbidden to speak to the public).

Ironically enough, one of the central credos of the group is basically “an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope“… but clearly Pope John Paul II was not eager to return the favor. And especially with their longtime foe Cardinal Ratzinger being later elected as the new Pope Benedict XVI, it was only a matter of time before the sect was decisively crushed.

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3 Responses to Catholic Church Nixes Naughty Nuns: The Army of Mary Excommunications

  1. Francis Batt says:

    About this story, the same “one-article and wording” runs the world over.
    But everything remains unclear. We are told in substance two things which do not fit together :
    1) All this story is relatively unimportant as it touches “a handfull of lay people” or “6 sibling nuns”…
    2) Nevertheless, We (bishops) wish to strike the greatest blow available to us : we “excommuniate” in our diocese.

    The Army of Mary is primarily a “Lay Movement”, therefore these “somehow unconcerned 6 Arkansas sisters” evidently are not those who are aimed at.
    By striking to them this seemingly “grand coup”, these ecclesiastics are trying to stop the spreading of the Army of Mary among the laity.

    These Sisters of Charity are on the web : http://www.adorationchapel.org
    Francis Batt,
    Paris, France

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