The Mormon Church Just Excommunicated A Leader For The First Time In Decades

Source: Huffington Post

Church officials have not said why Elder James J. Hamula was removed from church membership.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints excommunicated a high-ranking official on Tuesday ― the first time such action has been taken against a church leader in nearly three decades.

The Mormon church confirmed Tuesday that it had removed James J. Hamula from his position in the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church following disciplinary action.

Hamula had served on the First Quorum of the Seventy since 2008.

The church did not state the reason for Hamula’s dismissal, and church representatives did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

But a news release on the church’s website stated that the action was not taken for “disillusionment or apostasy,” which entail publicly defying the principles of the faith.

Other reasons listed for excommunicating leaders in the church handbook include adultery, burglary, embezzlement, spousal abuse and “homosexual relations,” according to The Washington Post.


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