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*Image: The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise by Benjamin West, 1791 [National Gallery, Washington, D.C.]

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing, July 20, 2022

Anthony Esolen is a lecturer, translator, and writer. Among his books are Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and Nostalgia: Going Home in a Homeless World, and most recently The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. …


Imagine a priest of God telling someone who has sinned gravely or who is on the edge of doing so, that God doesn’t really care about the sin.  “He is a God of love,” says the priest.  “He knows you mean well.  And besides,” he says, “the Church has changed her mind about many things,” a statement that happens not to be true, “and she will probably change her mind about this also.  Why, what you are doing might even be considered a good and holy thing, because it goes beyond the law, as Christ commands us to do.”

“You shall not die,” says the serpent to Eve, “for God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” …

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