[quote="Inego_de_Loyola, post:14, topic:302596"]
I'd read that long before you posted it. The ceremony came about after the fact of anathema (Synonymous for excommunication when applied to a person.) had been long established, even from the times of the apostles.
I only just googled and skimmed this, but it seems to cover the subject well: [ronconte]](http://ronconte])
The writings of Ron Conte are not a source I would recommend
As for an Anathema --as Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers stated the anathema does not exist today.
And the Church does not use this term in Canon Law and the Church does not make anathema and excommunication to be synonymous.
While one can look at the roots of the penalty and the word -for study -such is simply not a term used in the Church in current eccelesiastical practice.
So one cannot "remove anathemas" --for they do not exist. No one is under the penalty of an anathema.
Now excommunications of various sorts do exist. And such can thus be removed.