Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, says SSPX Bishop Williamson may not enter any Catholic church in the archdiocese. And he wants the world to know it.
But consider a moment. Williamson has committed no crimes punishable in the state of California. He has expressed no intention of visiting California. But he’s being told that if he were to do so, he would not be able to attend mass as a private person, nor could he visit any pilgrimage or historical site in the archdiocese.
Mahony is even saying he’s not a member of the Catholic church, and can’t become one.
But he is a Catholic. The Vatican recognizes that. The Vatican doesn’t excommunicate people who aren’t members, in the first place, and when someone’s excommunication is lifted that returns them to communion.
Mahony is just grand-standing.