Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, Application of Sanctions due to Membership in Particular Organizations, 19 March 1996.

All Catholics in and of the Diocese of Lincoln are forbidden to be members of the organization and groups listed below. Membership in these organizations or groups is always perilous to the Catholic faith and most often is totally incompatible with the Catholic faith.1

Planned Parenthood


Society of St. Pius X (Lefebvre group)

Job’s Daughters*

1. The groups marked with an asterisk are affiliated with masonic organizations.

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Hemlock Society


Call to Action

Eastern Star*

Call to Action Nebraska

Rainbow Girls*

St. Michael The Archangel Chapel

Catholics for a Free Choice

Any Catholic in and of the Diocese of Lincoln who attain or retain membership in any of the above-listed organizations or groups after April 15, 1996, are by that very fact (ipso facto latae sententiae) under interdict and are absolutely forbidden to receive holy communion.2 Contumacious persistence in such membership for one month following the interdict on the part of any such Catholics will by that very fact (ipso facto latae sententiae) cause them to be excommunicated. Absolution from these ecclesial censures is reserved to the bishop. This notice, when published on the Southern Nebraska Register, is a formal canonical warning.

By mandate of the Most Reverend Bishop of Lincoln.

Rev. Msgr. Timothy Thorbum, chancellor.

W.H Woestman, Ecclesiastical Sanctions and the Penal Process: A Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, 2nd rev. ed. (Ottawa: Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, 2003): 258; Origins 25 (1995-1996): 725.

2. According to c. 1323, 1° a person who has not completed the sixteenth year of age when violating a law or precept is not liable to the penalty. Some of these organizations have members as young as eleven.