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"Anathema" has a specific technical meaning, or rather it did in 1870. It's a formal, liturgical excommunication. (The phrase "bell, book, and candle" refers to the ceremony of anathema.)

The penalty of "anathema" no longer exists in canon law post 1983, so the penalty clauses of those anathemas are legally void.

Non-Catholics aren't subject to Catholic church discipline, so the penalty of "anathema" never applied in any case.

17 posted on 03/16/2013 7:45:22 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Campion

Indeed. Trent was addressing people who had been baptized in the Catholic Church. They were formal heretics. The majority of evangelicals are not. Furthermore, even Trent was concerned about the leaders of the Reformation rather than their followers, many of whom were compelled by the laws of their states to adjure their faith. Different time, different place.


18 posted on 03/16/2013 10:11:47 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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