This list of Excommunications is a list of persons excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church. It includes only excommunications acknowledged or imposed by a decree of the Pope or a bishop in communion with him. Automatic excommunications are not included here if not confirmed by a bishop.

21st century

  • Eduardo Aguirre, Guatemalan Catholic priest, now bishop of the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church[1]
  • Call to Action group members in Nebraska were excommunicated by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, Vatican later confirmed their excommunication.[2]
  • Emmanual Milingo, former archbishop of Lusaka, for consecrating four bishops without the papal mandate. Also excommunicated were those receiving consecration.[3]
  • The Community of the Lady of All Nations for heretical teachings and beliefs after a six-year investigation. The declaration was announced by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on September 12, 2007.
  • Rev. Dale Fushek and Rev. Mark Dippre. Former Priests were issued a Decree of Excommunication by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted for operating "an opposing ecclesial community" in direct disobedience to orders to refrain from public ministry.[4]
  • Father Marek Bozek (since laicized by Pope Benedict XVI), and the lay parish board members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in St. Louis, Missouri in December 2005 were declared guilty of the ecclesiastical crime of schism by then-Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke.[5] Their excommunication was ratified by the Vatican in May 2008. (Four of the parish board members have since reconciled with the Church.)
  • Mother of a nine-year old Brazilian rape victim, for obtaining an abortion for her daughter. Also the doctors performing the abortion. [6]

20th century

  • Bishops in China who joined the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and ordained bishops without papal approval.
  • Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro in 1962
  • Pius XII excommunicated all Catholic supporters of Communism
  • Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Bishop Antonio de Castro Meyer, Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta for the Ecône Consecrations without papal mandate. Formally declared to have incurred latae sententiae excommunication by Cardinal Bernardin Gantin on July 1 1988.[7][8] The excommunications of the latter four were lifted in 2008.
  • Father Romolo Murri, and leader of the Italian Catholic Democrats[9]
  • Juan Perón, in 1955, after he signed a decree ordering the expulsion of Argentine bishops Manuel Tato and Ramón Novoa[10][11]
  • Father William Murphy of Seward, Nebraska, in 1901, for defying a ban on collecting money for the Irish Land League [12]
  • All Catholics who participated in the creation of an independent church in the Philippines, in 1902[13]
  • Alfred Loisy, a French cleric associated with modernism.
  • Leonard Feeney, a U.S. Jesuit priest who defended the strict interpretation of the Roman Catholic doctrine "extra ecclesiam nulla salus" ("outside the Church there is no salvation"), arguing that baptism of blood and baptism of desire are unavailing and that therefore no not-Catholics will be saved.

19th century

18th century

  • All Catholic members of Freemasonry.
  • Most important supporters of Jansenism, in the 1718 bull Pastoralis officii

16th century

14th century

13th century

11th century

The legal validity of this excommunication has been questioned as it was delivered by legates of Pope Leo IX after the Pope's death. It was declared lifted on December 7, 1965.[17]

5th century

4th century

3rd century

2nd century

1st century

See also


  5. "Archdiocese of St. Louis - Marek Bozek Dismissed from the Clerical State". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  7. Office of Congregation for Bishops - Excommunication
  10. "Juan Peron - MSN Encarta". Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. 
  11. Juan Domingo Perón -
  12. A PRIEST EXCOMMUNICATED.; Father Murphy of Seward, Neb., Punished by His Bishop - Trouble Due to His Sympathy with Ireland. Special to The New York Times.. New York Times. New York, N.Y.: Jun 25, 1901. pg. 1, 1 pgs
  13. POPE ORDERS SHARP ACTION.; Archbishop of Manila Instructed to Excommunicate Philippine National Church Promoters. New York Times. New York, N.Y.: Dec 29, 1902. pg. 7, 1 pgs.
  14. E. Hales, "Napoleon and the Pope", (London:1962) pg 114
  18. 1 Timothy 1:20
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