Tuesday, September 01, 2009

there's no religion cooler-reason 2,368,422 ...

... because when we make the exclamation "go to hell!" we mean it.

"Wherefore in the name of God the All-powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of 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 (Name) 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 and all the reprobate, so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church; we deliver him to Satan to mortify his body, that his soul may be saved on the day of judgment." [source]

6 comments:

The Rockin' Traddy said...

I LOVE this movie. The only thing I can thank public tv for as a boy was Shirley Temple, Andy Hardy, and great films like Becket!

The Perpetual Malcontent said...

longer version found here:

http://www.gloria.tv/?media=12000

nazareth priest said...

Oh yeah...those were the days.
What the modern world forgets is this is the greatest act of charity that can be given one who has grievously and obstinately broken communion with the Church. At least the warning is given here; there is still time to repent.
After death...well, it's over, man.
Jesus, Victim and Priest, have mercy on all those who are separated from You, that they may return to the communion of Your Church. Amen.

Rich said...

This movie is a great movie. Excommunication is a serious deal, and this scene is a reminder of what that penalty entails. While it is very inspiring to see leaders step up to the plate (even if it's merely Hollywood portrayed), I'm sure the real Becket did this with a heavy heart.

Excommunications are not "cool". They are to be feared. The problem nowadays is that there is no fear of being told, "anathema sit".

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Powerful scene from a great movie-esp. when they flip the tapers over and thud.

Bob said...

The reinstatement of Anathema, along with the magnificent and chilling ceremony that expresses it, would be one of the strongest indications that times are changing for the better in our Church. From what I read, it was abrogated in the 1983 Roman Pontifical (simply by not being mentioned), just when it could have provided the best means of getting the attention of pro-abortion "Catholic" politicians like the late Senator Edward Kennedy. What a magnificent witness for life he might have been, had the Church had this method of calling him to repentance. Now, -- most seriously for him -- it's too late.