Re: [liturgy-l] Excommunication
- To whom it may concern...
Within the Reformed Church in America, the liturgy of Excommunication
(actually, it's not really a full liturgy - more like an elaborate
statement) is a local event performed by the consistory (board) of the local
congregation. The higher levels of church government only get involved
should the excommunicatee (is that a word?) appeal up the judicatory (if
they do, they have the classis, regional synod, and finally the general
synod - whose decisions in judicatory are unappealable).
I'm under the impression that the Christian Reformed Church in America (and
Canada) (our nearest sister) requires Classis approval for an
excommunication, which would be more akin to the Catholic approach, which, I
believe, leaves excommuication in the hands of the bishop (although, this
little Reformed boy isn't sure.)
For us, Excommunication is ALWAYS with the hope towards the excommunicatee
(there's that word again!) coming back into a state of repentance - in
theory at least. To be honest though, one of my grandfather's was a pastor,
the other an eler, my father is an elder, and I'm a pastor, and as of yet,
I've never seen (or for that matter, heard of!) an excommunication of a
"normal" parishoner. I know of one demittal, but then, that's a classis
issue for us (since ordination to minster of Word and Sacrament is a classis
I'll be out of town next week, but, if concerned parties would like copies
of the RCA liturgy (statement) I can easily mail them out.
Grace and Peace,
Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com
- In the Original Message below, Thomas R. Jackson explains the Society of
What a small world. It turns out that the American district HQ of the
Society of Pius X is just a few blocks from where I live, in Kansas City,
Mo. No street address is given, but the building in the picture looks
vaguely familiar, and I can scout it out. St. Vincent de Paul Church, where
my uncle was buried from (in the 50's), is now one of the Society's
"chapels". I had heard that it was a "LeFebvre" church, but I did not know
how all the pieces fit together. The replies from various list members have
been most illuminating. Thanks!
Robert J. Riley
From: Thomas R. Jackson [mailto:trjack@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 5:51 PM
Subject: RE: [liturgy-l] Re: Excommunication
>Thank you. I have also heard of a Pius X Society. Do you know anythingYes, the Society of Pius X is LeFebvre's original. It's still around. I
>about it? Is it perhaps the original LeFebvre group itself? If not, what
>is it, and where does it fit into today's picture?
am told it is particularly strong in France and Switzerland, but it has a
presence around the world. It is my impression that in North America it
has been overshadowed by the Catholic Indult communities, but I don't have
any hard data on this, just general impressions.
a few links:
To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
To write to the owners/moderators, please send an email to:
Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/