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By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic Exchange, April 25, 2023

Dr. Donald DeMarco is Professor Emeritus, St. Jerome’s University and Adjunct Professor at Holy Apostles College.  He is is the author of forty-two books and a former corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy of Life. …

In 1973, the internationally distinguished psychiatrist, Karl Menninger, wrote a book entitled, Whatever Became of Sin.  He predicted that the time would come when people no longer believed that there is such a thing as sin.  With the growth of humanism and the decline of religion, people would excuse their immorality by blaming their biology, their upbringing, their associates, or even the environment.  There would, therefore, be no need for forgiveness since what was formerly known as a sin would be rationalized away.

The Gospel is sufficiently clear about the reality of sin.  We read about the woman at the well who was told, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:3-11).  Matthew 1:21 states that “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt 1:21).  “It is not the healthy who need a doctor,” said Christ, “but the sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

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