I know it's a vague question, but does anybody know who she might have been, and what the exact reason was for excommunication? After all, contracting an interfaith union does not, in itself, constitute grounds for excommunication.
Marrying outside the Church or failing to obtain a dispensation might ... But isn't that simply a state of *grave sin*, as opposed to cause for getting excommunicated? Did she fail to make a promise to raise all the prospective children born to the union in the Catholic faith?
If I understand correctly, this requirement, as a term for a dispensation, has not been uniform or consistent in church history. It became official in canon law only in 1910, was strongly resisted in Germany, and the pope had to make an exception there.
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