- Reading or possessing books written by publicly named heretics carries the penalty of ex-communication.
- Physically attacking property of and declaring war upon papal states are subject to excommunication.
- Laying violent hands on a clergyman, bishop, archbishop, cardinal or pope carries excommunication.
- A priest who marries gets excommunicated.
- A priest who violates the cloister of religious women gets excommunicated.
- A priest who commits simony, charging money for sacramental care, gets excommunicated.
- A priest who sells indulgences gets excommunicated.
- A priest who collects stipends for Mass and then profits from that by paying to have the Mass said somewhere else that has a lower stipend gets excommunicated.
- However, priests who commit the grave delict of molesting children are punished, “according to the gravity of the crime”. Excommunication for such perpetrators is not a given.
I can’t help but recall:
Applying that kind of logic analogously to parenting, when my children had strep throat, I should have put the antibiotic on a shelf until they were cured and then administered it. Not getting their medicine should have made them more hungry to be healed so they would be inspired to heal themselves. Once they did that, they would be worthy of the medicine.
Is that what it means to deliver mercy, not sacrifice?