Heresy. It’s a word that makes most people squeamish these days. How could the Catholic Church possibly declare that someone is a heretic? Believe it or not, it is because of the theological virtue of charity. The Church is the institution that Christ established to lead people to Heaven. It is an act of love that the Church shows what is true and what isn’t.Unfortunately, once heretics have come up with a novel idea they frequently decide that they know better than the Church what is true. These people cut themselves off from the Church – “go into schism” and become their own popes.Learn about the heresies of the past so you can identify them when they pop up again. If you don’t believe that a heresy from 1700 years ago could ever come back, you missed the frenzy over the Da Vinci Code.