There have been a number of discussions on this Forum, which have touched upon the theory that all references of reincarnation had been removed by the Church by the Roman Emperor Justinian I in 553 C.E. Yet, some have continued to argue that because the present Bible teaches Christians that Reincarnation is not part of Christian dogma. In this article, Reincarnation and Western Religion: Part I by Fr. Marty Patton suggests that the present Church is beginning to accept Reincarnation as a belief: The article is interesting in that Fr. Patton claims that Reincarnation was an integral part of Christian teachings, and that the five [sic] Gospels were edited without the cooperation of Pope Vigilius, who did not recognize the Second Council of Constantinople. Fr. Patton goes on to say, Several theories have been offered in other articles as to why references to Reincarnation were removed by order of the Emperor, but the reasons may never be thoroughly understood. What is certain is that the readings of the Saints will show that in spite of Justinian's directive, Reincarnation was an accepted belief according to: Origen, St. Francis of Assisi, Johannes Scotus Erigena, Thomas Campanella, O.P., St. Francis Xavier, St. Bonaventure, St. Ignatius Loyola and others. If this is true, why do so many Christians still feel so strongly that Reincarnation is a heretical belief?