I realized as I was posting about Pius IX’s profession last week, that the subject of anathema is likely to come up in the coming weeks as I post portions of documents from Vatican I. A few years ago, before my sister converted, I had a heated dialog with a Baptist cousin of mine about the anathemas of Trent and how their existed directly contradicted what I was saying about non-Catholic Christians and that I was basically being dishonest about what the supposedly unchanging Catholic Church teaches. I didn’t know much about anathema so I didn’t really pursue the conversation much further because at the time I was more concerned with my sister’s announcement that she was going to be seeking the Sacraments.

But I found this post by Jimmy Akin about anathema and decided to share it here so that any readers who have questions about what it means to be anathema may have their curiosities settled.