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Rorate Exclusive: Excommunication of Norma Jean Coon Lifted

Rorate Caeli first broke the news that Mrs. Norma Jean Coon, who once pretended to be ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church, had returned to the Faith and publicly repented. We then reported that she was not only attending daily Mass -- without receiving the sacraments, of course -- but a Traditional Latin Mass.

We can now report, praise God, that Mrs. Coon's excommunication has been lifted by Rome. We can also tell you that she now attends daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament along with Holy Mass.

Mrs. Coon: "The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has lifted any canonical sanctions that I incurred by attempting ordination as a deacon. A letter from Bishop Robert Brom states that I may now return to the full practice of our Catholic faith. I have been very touched at the remarkable support of my actions and the prayers offered in my behalf during this trying time. I wish to thank all those who have prayed for me and for my family. The prayers and masses have been deeply appreciated. May Lent and Easter hold many blessings for you and your family."

Welcome back to the Church, good and humble servant!

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  1. A prodigal daughter returns. Really awesome! Thanks be to God!

  2. God bless this woman is her loyalty, humility ...

  3. Deo Gratias! Norma God bless and keep you within the bosom of our holy mother the Church.

  4. I rarely bother to correct minor grammar mistakes on blogs, but I have to point out that it should read "Mrs. Norma Jean Coon, WHO once pretended to be ordained..." and not "whom". It's never wrong to use "who", even where "whom" can be used, but there are places where it is surely wrong to use "whom".

    That being said, this woman should be commended for her humility in self-correcting her mistake, and praise to God for granting her the grace to rejoin the Church.

  5. God bless you, Norma Jean! You are an inspiration to all who desire to keep the Faith!

  6. Anonymous10:51 PM

    there are a few real good news sometimes.

    May her example, this time, be followed.


  7. Anonymous12:27 AM

    I'll take the grammar fix!

    It was before 7am while trying to blog and pack children up for Mass an hour away.

    Something's gotta give.

  8. Sacrilege can never be taken lightly. The Holy Scriptures are clear about this - women in the Holy Temple is a sign of the times we live in and is a catatonic reference. The end product is abomination of desolation whose omnipresence infects the contemporary church. It is shocking to find bishops and presbyters who support this profoundly sinful behaviour.

    Perhaps Norma could use her experience to persuade other radically misled women that they have little time left to amend their ways.

  9. What a beautiful case to use to clearly explain the medicinal purpose and nature of excommunication! Too often people see it as pure punishment when in reality the primary intent is for the declaration to act as medicine for the individual so that they might hopefully see the error in their way that has led them off track, away from the Church and away from God. Like Christ, His Church desires that no one ever be separated from God. However, if they choose that misguided path themselves, then the Church may use the declaration of excommunication to in essence wake them up and call them home. It was used effectively during slavery with certain politicians who supported slavery, were excommunicated, and subsequented repented and returned home to the Church. It worked beautifully here in this situation with this dear woman! Will it ever be used with the Catholic politicians who clearly manifest their proud, unyielding, and staunch public support for abortion? Bishop Martino called for this on the florr of the USCCB and look where it got him!

  10. SPQRatae8:48 PM

    She's a better person than me. I'm in awe at her humility and love of the faith. May God reward her one hundredfold.


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