Belief and practice as illustrated by John XXII’s excommunication of Robert Bruce

@article{Hill1972BeliefAP,
  title={Belief and practice as illustrated by John XXII’s excommunication of Robert Bruce},
  author={Rosalind Hill},
  journal={Studies in Church History},
  year={1972},
  volume={8},
  pages={135 - 138}
}
  • R. Hill
  • Published 1972
  • History
  • Studies in Church History
The sentence of excommunication was the ultimate spiritual deterrent available to the medieval Church. It was designed to be completely terrifying, and to the devout mind it probably was. In theory, it cut the offender off not only from his hope of eternal salvation but, as many a person found to his cost, from all contacts which made mortal life bearable, or indeed possible. But theory, as father Logan has shown us, is not the same thing as practice. The effectiveness of the sentence was… 
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