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Ken wrote:

Hi, guys —

The Counsel of Trent in the 16th century issued over 150 anathemas to non-Catholics.

An anathema curse excommunicates an individual and condemns one to Hell. I know later documents tried to soften that announcement but the question is:

  • Has the Roman Catholic Church ever withdrawn any of Her anathemas?

Ken

  { Has the Roman Catholic Church ever withdrawn any of Her anathemas? }

Bob replied:

Ken,

Excommunication does not consign one to Hell but merely removes them from the {community/safety} of the Church. Kind of like a scofflaw being put out of a boat. You may drown or you may not, but you ought to think about how to get back in the boat.

So, only God can condemn. The Church can only remove someone from the community in hopes that they will repent and return to the Way.

And yes, some of the anathemas have been lifted.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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