From the “Note to self: religion freaky” desk

Is it just me, or do the words “excommunication,” “recant,” and “heresy,” all in the completely non-ironic sense, evoke a “WTF century are we in now?” reaction?

via Pink Lady, aka Sister Eileen Helen Doherty Elizabeth Smith. Plus you can always throw in a ‘Mary’ somewhere for good measure”:

The Diocese of Little Rock announced Wednesday that six Catholic nuns have been excommunicated for heresy after refusing to leave a Canadian sect whose founder claims to be possessed by the Virgin Mary. Oh that’s nothing. I’m a stigmatic.

The nuns also refused to recant the teachings of the Army of Mary. “It is a painfully historic moment for this church,” said Rev. J. Gaston Hebert. “It’s even worse than the molesters.”

According to 82-year-old Sister Mary Theresa Dionne, she and her partners in hell are “at peace” and believe they are doing God’s work through Mary. The members of the sect believe that its 86-year-old founder, Marie Paule Giguere, is the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary. Seriously? She’s old enough to be the real thing.

More about The Army of Mary here.

More about another excommunication here.