excommunication excommunication  /ˌɛk skə ˌmju nə ˈkeɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) the state of being excommunicated
  2. (n) the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church; cutting a person off from a religious society



  1. He declared liable to excommunication: 1) Catholic Government employes who, as members of the National Revolutionary Party, sign documents denying the truth of revealed religion.
  2. Breaking the oath carries a penalty of immediate excommunication.


  1. Dissident Irish priest fears excommunication over views on women priests

    Outspoken Irish cleric Father Tony Flannery has admitted he faces excommunication from the church for backing the rights of women to become priests. The 66-year-old priest has told a Dublin press conference that he is considering legal action against the Vatican after he was silenced.
    on June 30, 2013     Source: Irish Central

  2. Newest Vatican document is last straw for women

    The latest document from the Vatican - Normae de Gravioribus Delictis - has caused worldwide outrage after it prescribed automatic excommunication for anyone found to be involved in the ordination of women.
    on June 29, 2013     Source: Irish Central

  3. Church's double standards over barred nun in abortion scandal

    The media and public are speaking out on the hypocrisy within the Catholic Church that has been clearly illustrated by Sister Margaret McBride’s excommunication from the Church.
    on June 29, 2013     Source: Irish Central

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  1. "Yes, this excommunication was not an arbitrary one but is allowed by Canon law which says the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving Communion, which is receiving the body of Christ," stated Benedict.
    on May 10, 2007 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Evening Bulletin

  2. "Certainly, excommunication is a very harsh deterrent that the church has used to deal with the most serious crimes in its history, from the very first centuries," Bertone said when asked if the censure would be appropriate.
    on Jan 12, 2009 By: Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. Lauder said: "The Vatican was badly advised to revoke the excommunication of the four bishops. Unfortunately, there is evidence that Bishop Williamson's blatant anti-Semitism is not an isolated case within the Pius X Brotherhood. Therefore, we call...
    on Feb 5, 2009 By: Ronald S Lauder Source: Ynetnews

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