Greetings! I’m hoping this is the best forum for this question, as it doesn’t seem to fall in any other forum.
I ran across this news article from an Anglican website:
Part of me is thinking, “It’s about time!” Another part is thinking “So that’s why blaspheming the Holy Spirit is unforgivable.” The whole thing got me wondering: I’m aware of the process of excommunication. In the Catholic faith, excommunication always holds the possibility of returning to the Church. Anathema, on the other hand, sounds permanent: if you cannot tell the difference between what is holy and what is profane, how can you honestly feel sorry for your sins?
So my question is: does the Church still reserve the right to pronounce anathema on someone? Can such a sentence be lifted?
(And another part of me was reminded of the character of Anathema Device from “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. (Her parents named her Anathema because her mother thought it sounded very pretty.) The book is one of my favorites, BTW. I like British humor, so I think it’s a hoot. If you don’t like British humor, then, not so much.)