When Jesus is talking about tying a mill stone around a purpatrators neck and drowning him in the sea, he relates it to cutting off a portion of the body and throwing it into Gehenna. In Old Testament stonings, God uses the terminology of cutting people off from the body of people by stoning them. Jesus tells His Church that if Her hand, eye or foot is Her undoing She should cut it off and throw it into Gehenna. Jesus tells His Church, it is better for Her to enter into heaven with out a limb than to have the whole body of the Church cast into hell.
Their is also the power to cut people off from the life of the body of the Church spiritually. The Jews refer to this as KARET. Jesus gave His sworn oath that He would hold sins bound in heaven of anyone whom Apostolic Successors hold sins bound on earth. When Jesus holds you bound to your sins in heaven is their any other destination for you than to be cast into Gehenna? Why would Jesus give Apostolic Successors the power to hold sins bound of culprits which puts them to eternal death, which is infinitely deadlier than state physical capital punishment? Again to protect the body of Christ’s Bride the Church on earth.
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**NAB MAT 18:5 **
"Whoever welcomes one such child for my sake welcomes me. On the other hand, it would be better for anyone who leads astray one of these little ones who believes in me, to be drown by a millstone around his neck, in the depths of the sea. What terrible things will come on the world through scandal! It is inevitable that scandal should occur. Nonetheless, woe to that man through whom scandal comes! If your hand or foot is your undoing, cut it off and throw it from you! Better to enter life maimed or crippled than be thrown with two hands or feet into endless fire. If your eye is your downfall, gouge it out and cast it from you! Better to enter life with one eye than be thrown with both into fiery Gehenna.
NAB MAR 7:9
He went on to say: "You have made a fine art of setting aside God’s commandment in the interests of keeping your traditions! For example, Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and in another place, ‘Whoever curses father or mother shall be put to death.’ Yet you declare, If a person says to his father or mother, Any support you might have had from me is korban’ (that is, dedicated to God), you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother. That is the way you nullify God’s word in favor of the traditions you have handed on."
**NAB JOH 20:20 **
At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced. “Peace be with you,” he said again. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said: “Recieve the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.”
Benedict XIV (1740-58–De Synodo dioecesana X, i) cites the anathema maranatha formulated by the Fathers of the Fourth Council of Toledo against those who were guilty of the crime of high treason: “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. Amen.”
Quoted from newadvent.org/cathen/01455e.htm
Peace in Christ,