Thursday, September 21, 2006

New book on excommunication

With all the talk about excommunication these days (think of the river boat "priestesses", Archbishop Emanuel Millingo and others for current examples) Dr. Ed Peters' new book is extraordinarily timely. Before we engage in discussions about who should or should not be excommunicated and for which offense, it is helpful to make sure we know what excommunication is, why it is done and when it is allowed. While I haven't had the privilege of previewing the book as yet, I trust his treatment of this subject is thorough and yet concise. At only 65 pages it promises to be a book you can read repeatedly as needed without worrying about losing years off your life.