Can someone who has apostized still come back?
Hebrews 4:4 For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated, have tasted also the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 Have moreover tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 And are fallen away: to be renewed again to penance, crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and making him a mockery.
It almost sounds like: “if you’re once baptized and fall away, you go to hell!” I know this is not the interpretation of the Church, but Paul’s wording is…meh.
Here’s the DRB’s footnote:
4 “It is impossible”… The meaning is, that it is impossible for such as have fallen after baptism, to be again baptized; and very hard for such as have apostatized from the faith, after having received many graces, to return again to the happy state from which they fell.