[quote=FrRobSST]In the olden days (read mideavil times) when one was excommunicated by the book, bell, and candle ceremony (see the movie Beckett for an example), it was generally viewed by almost everyone as a judgement on the soul. In fact, I do believe the old text of the B/B/C ritual included the words “damned” and “given unto Satan”.
In the modern era, and really since about the 1560’s, excommunication has referred to the general exclusion, for whatever reason, from Holy Communion. While excommunication is usually a sign that the individual is not in a state of grace in the eyes of the Church, it can, of course, be incorrect.
There are different levels of Excommunication. It is Anathema that is the form of Excommunication where Church leaders invoke the Christ given power have Him bind sins in heaven. When a person stands before Jesus on judgement day and He refuses to forgive that person of a sin and holds that person bound to a sin, due to his sworn oath to St. Peter, where else can that person go but hell. Jesus proclaiming sins bound on judgement day is the biblical sword of His mouth, the keys to the kingdom, with which He slays the wicked to eternal death.
Can you give a source and quote any Church dogma where the Church has disengaged Anathema and its spiritually deadly consequences?
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Anathema In passing this sentence, the pontiff is vested in amice, stole, and a violet cope, wearing his mitre, and assisted by twelve priests clad in their surplices and holding lighted candles. He takes his seat in front of the altar or in some other suitable place, amid pronounces the formula of anathema which ends with these words: "Wherefore in the name of God the All-powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of the Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and of all the saints, in virtue of the power which has been given us of binding and loosing in Heaven and on earth, we deprive N-- himself and all his accomplices and all his abettors of the Communion of the Body and Blood of Our Lord**, we separate him from the society of all Christians, we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth, we declare him excommunicated and anathematized and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his **angels…
"He who dares to despise our decision, let him be stricken with anathema maranatha, i.e. may he be damned at the coming of the Lord, may he have his place with Judas Iscariot, he and his companions.
Quoted from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01455e.htm
**NAB MAT 16:13 **Jesus replied, "Blest are you, Simon son of John!..
I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
**NAB REV 1:16 **A sharp, two-edged sword came out of his mouth,…
…I hold the keys of death and the nether world."
Peace in Christ,