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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 02, 2004

The Roman Pontifical of Benedict XIV (Malines [Belgium], 1862, p. 231) includes a liturgy for the consecration of virgins that features the following Anathema:

By the authority of Almighty God and his apostles Peter and Paul, we firmly forbid, under threat of anathema, anyone to lead these virgins and consecrated nuns away from the divine service to which they have bound themselves under the banner of chastity. Let no one despoil them of their goods, but rather let them keep their property in peace. And should anyone dare such a thing, let him be cursed in and out of his home, cursed in town and in country, cursed waking and sleeping, cursed eating and drinking, cursed walking and sitting; cursed be his flesh and his bones, from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head may there be no soundness in him. May the curse of men visit him, as the Lord suffered it to come through Moses in the Law upon the sons of iniquity. May his name be struck from the book of the living, and may he no longer be numbered among the just. Let him have his portion and inheritance with Cain the fratricide, with Dathan and Abiram, with Ananias and Sapphira, with Simon Magus and the traitor Judas, and with those who said to God, Away from us, we would not walk in thy paths. Let him perish on the Day of Judgment. May the eternal fire consume him along with the devil and his angels, unless he make restitution and do penance. So be it!

"Our post-Anathema hymn will be found on page 232 of the Glory & Praise songbook: 'I the Lord of Sea and Sky.'"

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2004 3:16 PM ET USA

    We could use a dash of this. It's a breath of fresh air. I just heard a priest summarize the passion of Christ as really boiling down to one thing: God loves us. Never mind who did what to whom. True, ultimately true. But to even begin to understand that, don't we first need to hear HOW MUCH He hates sin? When do we hear that? Anathematize the sin....love the sinner.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Apr. 03, 2004 3:22 PM ET USA

    Once again, thank you, Diogenes. You are a great witness to the Truth & Love of Jesus Christ & His Church. Can we make copies of this prayer for the Consecration of Virgins & send them not only to all religious communities of women, as an inspiring holy reminder, but to all bishops, all theology departments of Roman Catholic institutions & to all Catholic theologians, especially to Catholic Theological Society of America, Catholic U.of America, Boston College, Notre Dame and Georgetown, etc...?

  • Posted by: Sterling - Apr. 03, 2004 12:25 AM ET USA

    I guess I'm a wishy-washy Catholic after all! But, couldn't there be some sort of middle ground between "I the Lord of Sea and Sky," and "from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head may there be no soundness in him"?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 02, 2004 6:54 PM ET USA

    I was born in 1930, so it's interesting to note that that anathema was issued a shorter time before I was born than 2003 is since I was born. And I'm sure 1930 was closer to 1862 than it was to "I the Lord of Sea and Sky." And maybe to God, as well. (I don't know: I'm a convert.)

  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2004 12:56 PM ET USA

    And bad luck to him besides!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2004 12:01 PM ET USA

    Does Abp. Burke know about this...? I think that with appropriate editing it is something he could use in other contexts...

  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2004 11:18 AM ET USA

    How refreshing!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2004 9:10 AM ET USA

    I'd like to send this to the dissent theologians that corrupted so many women religious. These women religious are my true cross. They are rebellious and destructive of both the Liturgy and catechesis, at least in my own diocese. However, (and I don't mean this in a nasty way), I have also found many of them to be simple women, lacking astututeness and strong intellectual skills. They are easily manipulated and lead astray. God help them but even more God help those who deceived them.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2004 8:23 AM ET USA

    Yes, but isn't this more of benighted pre-conciliar Catholicism? I mean, Come On! We are in the "Precious Moments" age. I just heard Fr. give a homily yesterday about how violent the French Catholics were to the Jacobins. Probably the reason the revolutionaries guillotined all those bloodthirsty, elderly Catholic nuns. (No, not an April Fool's joke!). Next thing, Diogenes, is that you'll be asking us to believe in hell and, God forbid, purgatory!. Or as a modern nun put it "Pugatory."