Author: Edward N. Peters, J.D., J.C.D.
Excommunication. To our modern ears, the word conjures up images of something dark and ominous, something out of place in modern society. Excommunication is often associated with the medieval Church, the Inquisition, and witch hunts, and many people believe it has no place in our more enlightened, tolerant times. Nonetheless, this ecclesiastical discipline is just as necessary today as it was five hundred or a thousand years ago, a terrible last choice in dealing with the Church's members' resistance in every age.
Edward N. Peters, a canon and civil lawyer, presents a convincing exposition of excommunication based on the current Code of Canon Law, answering some of the most often asked issues regarding this most serious canonical penalty in this fascinating book.
With political elections approaching and bishops beginning to address Catholic public figures who defy the Church's clear teachings, this book is particularly important. It will assist you in comprehending the wider role that excommunication may play in fostering greater fidelity to the Catholic faith's principles in the near future.
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