Sins & Crimes

August 5, 2010

Crimes involve harm to other humans. Sin is disobedience to God. This explains the apparent indifference of the Catholic Church to the suffering endured by victims of its child-raping priests.

Sin is an eternal matter. Harm is a lesser matter.

This quotation is relevant:-
Catholics have tended to be more tolerant of hypocrisy than Protestantism, which emerged in part as a protest against it. Strict Protestants make a virtue out of brutal frankness because they believe they have a direct line to God. Catholics confess to their priests, not to God himself. Sins can be dealt with as long as proper ceremony is observed.


One Response to “Sins & Crimes”

  1. Don, Here’s a quotation from Cardinal Newman’s Apologia that gives some substance to your observation. It was quoted in a letter to the 9th Sept. edition of LRB:

    “Cardinal Newman wrote, in some of the vilest words in the Apologia, that ‘the Catholic Church holds it better for the Sun and Moon to drop from Heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions on it to die of starvation in extremest agony… than that one soul, I will not say, should be lost, but should commit one single venial sin, should tell one wilful untruth, or should steal one poor farthing without excuse.'”

    It is most timely that one who strayed so catastrophically from the Via Media is soon to be elevated to sainthood…

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