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Father Ramon Guidetti has been excommunicated by his local bishop for saying in a homily that Pope Francis “is not the pope” and calling him “a usurper.”

Italian priest excommunicated for calling Pope Francis a ‘usurper’

Jan 3, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Diocese of Livorno in Tuscany issued a decree on Jan. 1 notifying Catholics that Father Ramon Guidetti “publicly committed... Read more


Mexican bishop: thief who stole Eucharist is excommunicated

Dec 4, 2023

By Diego López Colín

The prelate declared the act as “a violation of the sacred place [the chapel] and a sacrilege against the sacred... Read more


Vatican doctrine office reaffirms that Catholics cannot be Freemasons

Nov 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The new document signed by Pope Francis and DDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández was written in response to a bishop... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

Archbishop Cordileone raises issue of excommunication for abortion advocates

Sep 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

Calling abortion “the most pressing human rights challenge of our time,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on Sunday invoked the excommunication... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley prays at installation Mass outside of Risen Christ Cathedral in Lincoln, Neb. on Nov. 20, 2012.

For excommunicated group, Bishop Conley discusses path to unity

Feb 1, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. is in talks with local members of the dissenting Catholic group Call to Action... Read more

Episcopal consecration of Fr Faure (sitting) by Bp Williamson March 19, 2015.

Automatic excommunication for bishop over illicit ordination

Mar 19, 2015

After having his previous excommunication lifted in 2009, Bishop Richard Williamson has again incurred the canonical penalty upon illicitly ordaining... Read more

The website of We Are Church Austria with the statement from Martha and Gert Holzer.

Austrian couple excommunicated for simulating Mass

May 23, 2014

An Austrian bishop has announced that a married couple, including a leader with a dissenting Catholic organization, have excommunicated themselves... Read more

Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland

Cleveland diocese mourns excommunicated priest

Mar 8, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland announced the excommunication of Father Robert Marrone on March 4, calling people to pray... Read more

Bishop Heribeto Bodeant, Secretary General of the Uruguayan Bishops’ Conference.

Uruguay bishops clarify statement on excommunication of lawmakers favoring abortion

Oct 24, 2012

The Uruguayan Bishops’ Conference has explained recent statements regarding Catholic lawmakers who voted to legalize abortion in the country, saying... Read more


Uruguay bishops say lawmakers who support abortion are excommunicated

Oct 22, 2012

Uruguay's bishops say that local lawmakers who recently voted to legalize abortion in the country are automatically excommunicated for separating... Read more