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March 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun's troops gave up some ground gained in the latest savage fighting with the Lebanese Forces militia as part of a withdrawal apparently prompted by church and international pressure. The troops withdrew shortly after Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir threatened Christian warlords and their men with excommunication unless they halted their month-old war for control of Christian East Beirut.
February 25, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A British bishop whose denial of the Holocaust embroiled the pope in controversy left Argentina, several days after the government ordered him out. Pope Benedict XVI sought last month to help heal a rift with ultra-traditionalists by lifting a 20-year-old excommunication decree imposed on Richard Williamson and three other bishops. The pope has since insisted that Williamson recant his statements before he can be recognized as a Roman Catholic bishop.
June 7, 1989 | From Associated Press
Pope John Paul II sought to make peace with Scandinavia's dominant Lutheran Church on Tuesday and challenged sexual and family mores in this liberal nation. During a Mass attended by 13,000 people, John Paul condemned abortion and divorce as ravages of sin. It was the first time he raised the issues on his 10-day tour of Nordic countries, where attitudes on sex clash sharply with Roman Catholic teaching. Later, he attended a prayer service in the 12th-Century Lutheran cathedral in Roskilde, where he was not allowed to speak.
August 27, 2005
Tim Rutten's passionate argument that John Roberts' Roman Catholicism is irrelevant to the question of his confirmation as a chief justice of the United States ["Roberts' Faith Is Not the Issue," Aug. 20] might be more persuasive if then-Cardinal Ratzinger and some Catholic bishops had not inserted themselves and Catholic doctrine into the last election, particularly with threats to deny communion to John Kerry and other public officials who made a distinction between their private beliefs and their public responsibilities.
February 7, 1993
CBS took a cheap shot with "Picket Fences" (Jan. 22) when it promoted, as a story, incest between a father and his teen-age daughter. Instead, in the closing minutes, it was revealed that the man was a Mormon and the girl was actually one of his wives. CBS made a weak attempt to set the facts straight with a short, written disclaimer after a commercial when many viewers had probably already tuned out. What was not pointed out is that Mormons have been under penalty of excommunication for polygamy for nearly 100 years and those who continue to practice plural marriage today are usually several generations removed from the doctrines of Mormonism.
January 28, 2009 | Duke Helfand and Sebastian Rotella
The Vatican stood firm Tuesday on a decision to rehabilitate a Holocaust-denying bishop, even as Jewish leaders warned that the move will set back decades of Roman Catholic overtures to mend strained relations between the two faiths. The Vatican joined Jews and fellow Catholics in condemning the British bishop's assertions that no Jews died in Nazi gas chambers.
June 18, 1990 | NORA ZAMICHOW, from United Press International and TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cardinal John J. O'Connor insisted Sunday that he never threatened to excommunicate Catholic politicians who support abortion rights. He said his views on the contentious issue have been widely misinterpreted. O'Connor, speaking at St. Patrick's Cathedral, said that many politicians and members of the news media had misunderstood a long column about abortion that he wrote for last week's Catholic New York, the official archdiocese newspaper.
September 25, 1993 | From Associated Press
Three Mormon dissidents summoned before church courts to answer charges of abandoning their faith were excommunicated this week. Paul Toscano, founder of the Mormon Alliance, a group that investigates cases of alleged spiritual abuse by church leaders, and feminist writer Maxine Hanks, said they were excommunicated after a hearing last Sunday.
July 3, 1988 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II on Saturday warned followers of Marcel Lefebvre that they will be excommunicated if they stay with the rebel French prelate, but he promised that the church will meet their traditionalist needs if they remain loyal to the papacy. The Vatican announced Saturday that Msgr. Antonio de Castro Mayer, a Brazilian prelate who assisted Lefebvre in consecrating four traditionalist bishops, had been excommunicated.
May 14, 2007
Re "Brazil-bound pope denounces legalization of abortion," May 10 It seems that Pope Benedict XVI has a problem making statements that other church officials are quick to correct. Not long ago he quoted some obscure document that maligned Islam, and there was a rush to assure people that this was not his personal view. Now he is talking about self-excommunication if one espouses abortion -- and, again, some church officials are quick to assure the public that he really didn't mean to set a new policy.
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