High-ranking Mormon Official Is Excommunicated The First Such Ouster In Nearly 3 Decades!
Reader this is huge. This almost NEVER happens in the Mormon church - if a senior church leader is guilty of anything that might cause members to doubt their faith that leader is usually quietly retired to emeritus status, then whisked away to live out their lives quietly in another country (often Mexico). The church will never say why this happened, which holds true to its secretive nature, but the very fact that this news is out is stunning.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Mormon church has excommunicated one of its top leaders. On Tuesday morning, James J. Hamula was released from his position in the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after disciplinary action.
LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins provided no details about the removal. But the church did confirm Hamula was no longer a member of the church and that his ouster was not for apostasy or disillusionment.