He was not excommunicated. You say he remained a Catholic after his wife died (I don't know why he wouldn't!). Therefore, he most assuredly would have remarried in the Church, at which time it would have been known that his future wife was Protestant and the proper steps would have been taken in order for them to have a Catholic wedding. It's a very easy process. Catholics are allowed to marry Protestants, you know. Something is very fishy here. A big part of this story is missing.who="ReginaM" <quoted text>
For one thing, Kay, it isn't that easy to be excommunicated. Either these individuals didn't understand the nature of the action or they simply never existed to begin with.
There is no excommunication that cannot be lifted. It is a remedial action and often only requires that one go to confession. It does not separate one from the love of God nor is meant to.
I really wish you would stop this kind of thing. It's not fruitful and certainly not Christian in nature.
Excommunication frightened those people so terribly...and the 'punishment' is just unthinkable.
I had a friend (he is dead now) whose wife died. He remarried to a Protestant woman. He continued with the CC all of his life. He sent his children to CC school.
When he was old and near death, he was visited by a CC priest who told him that, due to his Protestant wife, he could not be buried by the CC.
I'm not telling you a fable. We knew this man and his family well.
I have no personal vendetta against Catholics; I've known a lot of very good ones...but there are 'traditions' in the CC that are detrimental to people.
As I said, it's not that easy to be excommunicated and it can be lifted. If one claims to be Catholic, then they should be just that and not pick and choose what they will and won't believe or follow. It's not a cafeteria.