Excommunication is a medicinal, spiritual penalty that deprives the guilty Christian of all participation in the common blessings of ecclesiastical society.
You can no longer see the scene above in recent times, but it gives the viewers a glimpse of the gravity of the this most serious censure the Catholic Church imposes on her erring children.
What are the effects of Excommunication?
- Exclusion from the reception of the Sacraments, or attendance in the Sacred ceremonies of the Church.
- Exclusion from the Public Suffrage of the Church
- Exclusion from a Catholic burial
Locally, the most recent, published excommunication was that of Xavier Eubra de Borja in 2010 for attempting the Liturgical action of the Eucharist though not promoted to the Sacerdotal order, attempting to impart sacramental absolution or hears sacramental confession, and usurpation of Ecclesiastical office. Canon 1378 and following.
Yes, there is a huge difference between attempting the Liturgical action of the Eucharist and sacramental absolution and Catholic CosPlayers, although the latter is in itself is already a matter which needs looking into.
What should our attitude be towards excommunicated persons?
Xavier Eubra de Borja, last seen in Tagaytay City
We PRAY for them.