We must now treat of excommunication: we shall consider: (1) the definition, congruity and cause of excommunication; (2) who has the power to excommunicate; (3) communication with excommunicated persons; (4) absolution from excommunication.
Under the first head there are four points of inquiry:
A Whether excommunication is suitably defined?
A Whether the Church should excommunicate anyone?
A Whether anyone should be excommunicated for inflicting temporal harm?
A Whether an excommunication unjustly pronounced has any effect?