“…let him be anathema.”

Posted February 14, 2017 4:00 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

“…let him be anathema.”

This quote came up in the combox:
A reading from the 13th session of the Council of Trent:
“CANON XI.- If any one saith, that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; let him be anathema. And for fear lest so great a sacrament may be received unworthily, and so unto death and condemnation, this holy Synod ordains and declares, that sacramental confession, when a confessor may be had, is of necessity to be made beforehand, by those whose conscience is burthened with mortal sin, how contrite even soever they may think themselves. But if

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