‘We are Church Ireland ‘ expresses its solidarity with Martha Heizer , President of the ‘International Movement We are Church’ ( IMWAC ) against her excommunication by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and issued by her local Bishop of Innsbruck, Manfred Scheuer .
Martha Heizer and her husband Gert and friends had celebrated the Eucharist in their home without an ordained minister.
The celebration of an unauthorised Eucharist , according to Canon Law 1378 , is one of the three most grave offenses that need to be reported to the Vatican immediately. The other two offenses are breaking the confidentiality of the confessional and sexual abuse.
‘We are appalled to find ourselves put into the same category as those priests that sexually abused minors. This is especially bitter for us because we are not aware of a single perpetrator of sexual abuse that was excommunicated.’
The administration of justice in the Church seems to be very unequal.
We have not accepted the decree. We have refused it. We have never accepted the validity of these proceedings ("out of court proceedings") and we do not accept the verdict.’ stated Mrs Heizer and her husband
Martha Heizer was re-elected as President of IMWAC at a recent International meeting of the Movement here in Dublin.
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