(With Romney, Eugene McCarthy cracked, "a light rinse would have been sufficient.") I'm referring to the church's founder, the Prophet Joseph Smith, and to its most famous excommunicant
, Sonia Johnson.
Bohemond IV was an excommunicant
, who fell foul of the Church over the flaying of Hospitallers during a "diabolical rage." (82 The emergence of a potentially strong regional power hostile to the Papacy), allied to Honorius III's nemesis, Frederick II, would have been a daunting prospect for the Papacy.
The contradictions of Talleyrand's life--the libertine priest, social-climbing aristocrat, bibliophile who sold his library three times, bishop who equipped a privateer, excommunicant
who was given the Last Rites--are so wildly improbable as to make Talleyrand's career vividly colorful.
(22) Major excommunication required full social exclusion--Christians were bound to avoid any contact or interaction with an excommunicant. Excommunicants also existed outside secular law: they could not sue in civil litigation or accuse in criminal trials, and thus suffered a serious legal disability.
However, in those cases where the excommunicant remained obstinate, after 40 days the church was permitted to employ the secular arm of the law to arrest and imprison the excommunicant until he/she declared a willingness to submit to ecclesiastic jurisdiction.
She intends to be a defiantly cheerful excommunicant
. They can keep her from the sacraments, but they can't stop her from waxing the pews.
(8) Yet many courts refrain from granting excommunicants
redress in tort, even amid serious allegations of abuse.
Laws affecting clerics, foreigners, Jews, outlaws, excommunicants
, lepers and women follow.