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(RNS) Catholics may have invented the concept of excommunication, but they're not the only religious group to discipline or sideline members who stray from the official party line.


  1. The church can not be changed from outside looking in….Therefore, excommunication can be of no value to those who advocate change….

  2. The LDS church still excommunicates many members annually for sins usually having to with marital infidelity for active members who have been through the temple.

    • It’s true. Most excommunications in the LDS church are done privately, and often fellow Mormons are not even aware that one of their peers has been excommunicated. The current cases are exceptions rather than the rule, as the two went to the press with their letters to try to manipulate the story. I say manipulate, because Kate Kelly has been very dishonest about her own disciplinary hearing, yet knows the LDS church likely won’t publicly respond.

  3. Excommunication is a gift.
    Throw yourself a party! You have been excused from bothering with a long and painful heritage of self-doubt and second guessing.

    Excommunication should be enjoyed – give the religious what they deserve:

    “Happiness is the best revenge” – Oscar Wilde

    • You seem to think Oscar Wilde was ezxcommunicated. Exactly to the contrary, he converted to Catholicism (and presumably thereby attained the greatest happiness he had ever experienced).

    • You clearly do not understand the definition of “cult”. You should do some research before spouting off nonsense.

      • Yes, the ‘watch tower corporation’ is a cult that denies Jesus Christ Son of God His Lordship, “The Messiah.”

    • J.W., muslims, or other false cults excommunicate members when the members find the Truth which is Jesus Christ Son of God.

  4. Actually apostasy is not punishable by excommunication in the catholic. Neither is attacking the pope. Abortion incurs a latae sentientae excommunication but that practically changes little to the individual as abortion is mortal sin and you could not receive sacraments in that case either. Also excommunication and mortal sin don’t preclude an individual from receiving reconciliation, confession, otherwise they could not be restored to the church. Latae sentientae excommunications have been debated because there are probably some practicing and faithful Catholics who have accidentally incurred this type of excommunication without knowing it. The real purpose of excommunication is to prevent an individual from falsely participating in the sacramental life of the church when their beliefs and actions are counter to church teachings. This is in and of itself sin as receiving sacraments in a state of mortal sin is a sin and also to be clear on church teaching.

  5. The Catholics did not “invent” excommunication. The Jews invented it many centuries before Christ, who commanded the first Catholics to continue the Jewish tradition.

  1. […] “Excommunication” has become a buzz-word as of late. The Cultural Hall’s own Richie Steadman talks with Russell Stevenson about the history of LDS excommunication here, George Pyle of the Salt Lake Tribune looks at all the pieces of news mentioning it here, and “The ‘Splainer,” Kimberly Winston from Religion News Service, attempts to ‘splain the current events revolving the LDS Church and our disciplinary councils here. […]

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