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excommunicate

RC Church
1. having incurred such a sentence
2. an excommunicated person
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Bishop Richard Williamson is planning to consecrate a new bishop Thursday in Brazil without Pope Francis' consent -- a church crime punishable by excommunication.
The ousting of Kate Kelly marks one of the most significant excommunications in recent church history and sends a stern warning to others publicly challenging church practice and forming groups around their cause, scholars who study Mormonism say.
Other famous excommunications involved Napoleon Bonaparte for annexing the Papal States and Rome; as well as Joan of Arc, whose excommunication was later nullified following her execution.
Though the excommunications of the four bishops by the Catholic Church were removed prior to the beginning of the dialogue, the continued illicit ordinations seem to demonstrate that the schismatic sect appears unwilling to change its views.
Brazil President slams abortion excommunications. ABC News, 7 March 2009.
The relationship between the Catholic Church and the SSPX became unclear in January when Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunications of the four bishops ordained by Lefebvre, who died in 1991.
He was one of four ultra-traditionalist bishops whose excommunications were lifted by Benedict in an attempt to heal a schism in the Church that began when they were ordained in 2008 without papal permission.
Benedict sparked anger last month when he lifted excommunications on Richard Williamson, an ultra-traditionalist bishop, who denies gas chambers were used in the Holocaust, and three other bishops.
Andrews) is complemented by a "national" essay (Mentzer on French excommunications, Michael Graham on the earliest Scottish Kirk sessions and Presbyteries).
The lifting of the excommunications of the four SSPX bishops was preceded a month earlier by a letter from Bishop Fellay, the Superior General of the SSPX, to Cardinal Hoyos, stating: "We believe in the Primacy of Peter and its prerogatives, and for this the current situation makes us suffer so much." He then backed up his words by turning to the Blessed Mother and initiating a worldwide SSPX Rosary crusade for the lifting of the excommunications of the four bishops.
Pope Benedict XVI sparked anger last month when he lifted excommunications on Williamson and the three other bishops, in an attempt to heal the rift within the church.
Another dramatic moment was when the patriarch came from the Greek Orthodox Church and he and the pope embraced in the sanctuary and disavowed the schism between the East and West, disavowing the excommunications that were hurled in both directions.