It is a commonly held although incorrect belief among Christians that reincarnation is contrary to their faith. In fact, there has never, ever been a papal edict issued against the teaching of reincarnation. Further, the early fathers of the church (see: Origen) who steadfastly taught reincarnation were hunted and destroyed by corrupt thinkers wanting people to believe that they only had one chance at life to "get it right."It wasn't a Church official or any Church procedure that ultimately stripped Christian teaching and understanding of reincarnation from the faithful. It was a politician, the emperor Justinian, who'd imprisoned the pope (Vigilius) because the latter had refused to outlaw the teaching.With the pope imprisoned, reincarnation was forever banished from Christianity in an illegal anathema proclaimed at the Fifth Ecumenical Council where Justinian had railroaded the voting by allowing only his own bishops, and not the pope's bishops, to attend.IMHO, political corruption, not divine inspiration, forever changed the face of the Church's teachings. For my money there is an ironic freedom in knowing that the Church has, in fact, never approved the suppressionof teaching reincarnation.