What is anathema?


#1

Could you explain the state of anathema? Does the Church still proclaim that a person is anathema? Particularly, does The Church teach that Protestants are anathema because they don’t agree with The Church?


#2

The use of the word “anathema” has evolved down through the history of the Church and today it means the same thing as excommunication (anathema is no longer officially used).

Since a person must first be a Catholic to be anathema (excommunicated) the term does not apply to Protestants.

For more information see Anathema.


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