Florida church leaders were going to tell their congregation that an ex-member was living with a man she wasn’t married to. But she beat them to the punch, telling her story to a Jacksonville TV station instead.
A similar incident in Texas led to a lawsuit, which went all the way to the state’s supreme court. In Texas, at least, ministers are apparently free to publicly discipline or excommunicate churchgoers or former churchgoers. (Here’s a story about the Texas case.)