from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of excommunicating.
- n. The state of being excommunicated.
- n. A formal ecclesiastical censure that deprives a person of the right to belong to a church.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of excommunicating or ejecting; especially an ecclesiastical censure whereby the person against whom it is pronounced is, for the time, cast out of the communication of the church; exclusion from fellowship in things spiritual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of communicating or ejecting; esp., an ecclesiastical censure whereby the person against whom it is pronounced is, for the time, cast out of the communication of the church; exclusion from fellowship in things spiritual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutting off or casting out from communication; deprivation of communion or the privileges of intercourse; specifically, the formal exclusion of a person from religious communion and privileges.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being excommunicated
- 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
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But, the Holy Father made clear today that the lifting of the excommunication is about one thing only: Church unity.
Under today's rules, however, excommunication is the new order of the day.
The handling of the Regensburg address and of the recent lifting of the excommunication from the SSPX bishops was unsatisfactory.
Benedict XVI explains that the revocation of the excommunication is personal, concerns the four bishops, and does not imply the canonical recognition of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X which can take place only after a doctrinal realignment of the Fraternity, including the acceptance of Vatican II and the Magisterium of the post-conciliar Popes.
Inability to march goosestep (er, lockstep) will be punished by excommunication from the party. snark-NOT!
Teresa Nielsen Hayden's formal excommunication from the Latter Day Saints is a fascinating read.
"The brethren" are the missionaries on their journey. forbiddeth them that would -- receive them. casteth them -- those that would receive the brethren, by excommunication from the Church, which his influence, as a leading man (3Jo 9) in it, enabled him to do.
Their excommunication is still more clearly expressed by the Greeks, who beheld the accomplishment of the papal triumphs; and as they are more strongly attached to their religion than to their country, they praise, instead of blaming, the zeal and orthodoxy of these apostolical men.
The releasing of the excommunication was a measure in the field of ecclesial discipline: the persons were freed of the burden of conscience of the heaviest ecclesial censure.
As I explained in my Letter to Catholic bishops of 10 March this year, the remission of the excommunication was a measure taken in the field of ecclesiastical discipline, to free individuals from the burden of conscience constituted by the most serious of ecclesiastical penalties.