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Synonyms for excommunication

the state of being excommunicated

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the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church


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The fact that the Archbishop and his people, who are still living in the Middle Ages, influence political decisions about the future of Cyprus should worry us much more than any excommunication.
Lefebvre ordained the four bishops in 1988 in defiance of Pope John Paul Id, triggering excommunication for everyone involved.
It is the first time a Pope used the word excommunication in direct reference to organised crime members.
GREG Reynolds of Melbourne, Australia, received a letter of excommunication for heresy and speaking publicly against church teachings, which referred to Reynolds' homilies supporting women's ordination that had been reported in Australia's newspaper The Age.
The Pope also amended the conclave law to allow for the automatic excommunication of any non-cardinal who broke the absolute oath of secrecy of the College of Cardinals during the proceedings to select the new leader of the Catholic Church.
In a statement made by religious and social bodies in Majdal Shams town, people of Golan refuted the allegations of Zionist media outlets saying that they halted excommunication measures against the Syrians who accepted the Israeli IDs.
In 1591 Pope Gregory XIV threatened excommunication for anyone found gambling on identity of his successor.
Hours after President Aquino of the Philippines declared in September 2010 that he supported a reproductive health bill which would provide families with contraception for family planning, the Church threatened him with excommunication.
The spirited nun played a crucial role in exposing sexual abuse by an Irish Catholic priest, which led to her brief excommunication.
Manila A Catholic leader denied threatening President Benigno Aquino III with excommunication while at the same time admitting their "frustration" over the leader's push for artificial contraception.
The controversy that prompted the current volume was Pope Benedict XVI's lifting of the excommunication of four bishops of the Priestly Fraternity or Society of Saint Pius X--a lifting that caused an international uproar, not least because one of the bishops, Richard Williamson, is a "Holocaust denier.
EXCOMMUNICATION WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A PASSE feature of the ancient church, conjuring up images of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV walking barefoot in the snow in 1077 to Canossa to seek the mercy of Pope Gregory VII.
ENI--An international expert on church unity has urged the Roman Catholic Church to declare that its excommunication of Martin Luther no longer applies.
During a May 2007 flight to Brazil, Benedict was asked if he supported the excommunication of Catholic politicians who had voted to change the law in Mexico City to permit abortion.
The pope sparked an international row in January when he lifted the excommunication of Richard Williamson, an ultra-conservative British bishop, who denied the use of gas chambers in the Holocaust.