Re: [liturgy-l] Excommunication....
- rriley@... wrote:
>On the other hand when the Australian nun who is now called Blessed
> Dr Senn writes,
> I, for one, would like to see a rite of excommunication
> > I believe excommunication is handled administratively rather than
> ritually. To cite a painful example, Martin Luther was
> excommunicated by a papal bull, 'Decet Romanum Pontificem', on
> January 3, 1521.
Mary McKillop was excommunicated it was done by the Bishop in her
convent with all her community present and with the full ritual in
the older Rituale Romanum. Bell, book and candle and all.
In a sense, Brother Martin's excommunication was an exception to the
But then Brother Martin was an exception to the norm in many
The norm was the rather intimidating ritual in said book which was
used rather more often than one would wish and was devastating to
If you are in a position to obtain the older Rituale Romanum you
will find the ritual, in Latin, and can peruse it yourself.
Some older RC priests may still have it tucked away on their book
MaryM (the Aussie)