Never Minimizing Sin, Jesus Offers True Freedom, by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, April 06, 2022

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and

I received the following email yesterday from a pastor I know in another state. He prefers to remain anonymous, but this is heartening proof of the good work being done by so many of our priests in the trenches of the battle between darkness and light:

There is a feature of this past weekend’s gospel, on the woman caught in adultery, that deserves more attention.

A person who struggles with repeated sexual sin will often come to a priest for help. Some priests will say, “Don’t worry about it. No big deal. Don’t let your conscience bother you. Move on with your life.” But they haven’t really helped the person. They have swept it under the rug.

Notice that Jesus doesn’t work that way. The remarkable thing about this gospel is not so much that Jesus saves this woman from stoning—any courageous person could have stepped in and done that—but that Jesus does it all the while upholding the commandment. He does not water it down, minimize it or compromise it in any way. …