December 17, 2009

You're out!

471 years ago today, the second-most famous excommunication from the Catholic Church occurred when Pope Paul III kicked Henry VIII out following what was surely the ugliest divorce in history. (How many people do you know who will start their own religion just to get out of a marriage?)
The 1500s were bad years for the Church beginning with its most-famous excommunicant, Luther. Rome also managed to excommunicate Elizabeth I, who, if I remember my history correctly, was never really a Catholic in the first place. (Take that!)
Here's my favorite part of excommunication: "The excommunicant is still considered Christian and a Catholic... ."
Um. Okay.

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