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(Of those who have intercourse with excommunicated
persons, or with unbelievers.)
Those, too, who are excommunicated by the priests,
let no one receive previous to the just examination of both sides; nor
let him have any intercourse with such in speech, or in eating or
drinking, or in the salutation with the kiss, nor let him greet such;
because, whosoever wittingly holds intercourse with the excommunicated
in these or other prohibited matters, will subject himself, according
to the ordinance of the apostles,2735
excommunication. From these, therefore, let clergy and laity keep
themselves if they would not have the same penalty to endure.
Also do not join the unbelievers, neither have any fellowship with
them. They who do such things, indeed, are judged not as
believers, but as unbelievers. Whence the apostle says:
“What part hath he that believeth with an infidel? or what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?”2736
| 2735 The reference is
to the 11th and 12th of the canons of the apostles. [Vol. vii. p.
501, this series.]|
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