Pertinacious rejection of doctrine, obstinately rejecting a doctrine de Fide tenenda under can. 750, para. 2 ;
Publicly inciting the subjects of the Apostolic See or of an Ordinary to animosity or hatred of, and provoking disobedience to, the Apostolic See or Ordinary under can. 1373. This finding includes scandalizing the faithful in the exercise of her 'pastoral leadership' at St. Cronan, and by her position as religious sister and coordinator of religious education, which led the faithful to participate in sacred rites that the Ordinary has reproved as immoral and unlawful;
Violation of Divine or Canon Law which, because of its special gravity demands punishment, and which is coupled with the urgent need to prevent and correct scandal under can. 1399; the Decree also states that this canon is further implicated by Sr. Lears' commission of an act which per se is capable of leading a soul to commit mortal sin, and which directly entices a number of Catholic Faithful to lose membership in and full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and thus imperil their eternal salvation;
Finally, the Archbishop finds that Sister Lears has committed prohibited communio in sacris by participating in the simulation of a sacrament under can. 1365; however, because of possible jurisdiction issues this matter is denounced to the Holy See for determination of guilt.
The decree notes that Sister Lears was given several summonses and admonitions, and several other official notices with time to repent; she exercised her right to defense on several occasions. The Decree notes, as an aside, that the submissions and materials from her and her procurator were "insufficiently demonstrated, fallaciously argued, and, at times, most disrespectful". In spite of the full and lengthy process, Sr. Lears "has not withdrawn from contumacy in her objective delictual conduct" and is thus "subjectively pertinacious and contumacious in her violations".
The Archbishop has therefore decreed the following penalties:
1. Ferendae sententiae interdict for the crimes of public and pertinacious rejection of a teaching de fide tenenda, and for incitement of the subjects of the Holy See and the Ordinary unto strong discord and disobedience.
2. Ferendae sententiae prohibition of reception of a mission in the territory of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, effective immediately, for her having repeatedly and very gravely scandalized two women unto their final commission of the most grievous sin of schism and the simulation of priestly ordination, by which "they have been thrown off the path to eternal salvation, and in so doing, have given grave scandal to all of the faithful" of the Archdiocese.
Wow. Though this was expected, there are some items that I did not anticipate. First, the Archbishop addresses the grave matter of Sr. Lears' role in the "guidance" of Hudson and McGrath, and penalizes Lears for counseling them into schism, mortal sin and scandalous conduct.
Next, now we know why Sr. Lears is leaving for Baltimore to take care of her mother. She isn't allowed here anymore, effective right now.
The Decree seems to indicate that Sister may have laid hands on the two pretend priestesses at the infamous fake ordination in November.
Finally, the damage done by Sister Lears in her role as member of the St. Cronan's "Pastoral Team" is acknowledged and punished.
Because she is under interdict, Sr. Lears is prohibited from receiving the sacraments until such time as she repents and is reconciled with the Church. She, all those at St. Cronan's who have been led astray by her, and those who continue to reject the infallible teachings of the Church, need our prayers.
Speculum Iustitiae, ora pro nobis!