January 8, 1947 Awake!:
Excommunication is "altogether foreign to biblical teachings."
It's an unbiblical Roman Catholic teaching by which "you are looked upon with the blackest contempt... being cursed and damned with the Devil and his angels."
Its origins are pagan -- supersititious Greeks and the Druids!
It's "an instrument by which the clergy attained a combination of ecclesiastical power and secular tyranny that finds no parallel in history."