Are curses still real? What does the Church have to say about this? I know you hear of them in the Scriptures but as a protestant I remember specifically blanketing my comfort and hope on calvary. In otherwords, upon the death of Christ, curses seized to exist for those who believe.
It depends on what you mean by "curse"
Cursing, as used the in the bible, and historically by the Church isn't always an evil act even. God curses people, Noah cursed Canaan, Joshua cursed whomever should build Jericho, Jesus curses the fig tree, etc.The Church has referred to excommunication as a curse. Anathema sit is often translated "let him be accursed". In scripture it is often used for God's wrath, or a threat of the same, often in prophecy
In moral theology, cursing generally means to will evil upon someone or something. This is usually sinful. But not always. Hence the curse of excommunication, which is actually ordered to the sinner's good. The evil called down upon them is meant for their correction, so that they won't be damned. Likewise, it is a curse to wish someone come into pain. While this need not be a sin (as when one wills that someone gets his comeuppance, so that he correct his life before he goes further down into sin), it most usually is.
If you mean by curses something like black magic, invoking satanic spirits, etc. Well, that gets into some questions. Certainly there are evil spirits, demons, etc. I would say then that yes curses exist, but for he who follows Christ any calamities will never be more than he can bear and never permitted except he grow further in grace. I would tend to think that most such attempts at curses are inefficacious...the aim of the demons being as much to corrupt the person invoking the curse by aiding their hatred as anything else. And they can only do what God permits.
If I can find it, I will post the passage from St. Thomas on the evil eye...seriously. He deals with the evil eye in detail