The Moral Theology of Adam

Adam sinned, just as Eve sinned. But he used a different excuse for his sin. He blamed someone else, Eve.

{3:12} And Adam said, “The woman, whom you gave to me as a companion, gave to me from the tree, and I ate.”

Sinful Catholics today still use the same type of excuse. They sin, and then they seek a priest or theologian or apologist who will provide an excuse for their sins. There is always some priest or theologian who will provide the unfaithful in the Church with an excuse for their sins, who will tell them that it is not a sin. Some justify direct abortion, some justify contraception, some justify various sexual sins, etc. The unfaithful who cite these bad theological opinions to justify their sins are not being led astray. They sin first, then afterward they seek a person whom they can point to, saying “This priest said that it is not a sin.”

This approach is often found in Catholic discussion groups. Almost any sin has adherents who will promote that sin to other Catholics. And they can usually find some reference that will claim that the act is not a sin. Do such persons have invincible ignorance? Are they merely mistaken about which acts are sins? No, for they do not seek moral truth with a sincere heart. They sin first, not caring about the moral teaching of the Church. Only later do they seek a way to justify their sin by finding a person they can name who will say that it is not a sin. If dozens of magisterial documents clearly teach that an act is a sin, they will nevertheless find some author who has said that the act is not a sin. Then they cling to that opinion in contradiction to every magisterial source and every clear and sound theological argument. They are not in good conscience.

Adam was not in good conscience when he listened to Eve and ate the apple. If he was, then he would not have fallen. He, too, saw the apple, and desired it as good end, regardless of the means. His excuse was to point to Eve. She said it was good. She did it too. And unfaithful Catholics behave in the same way today. They speak and act as if their sin was justified if other Catholics are committing the same sin, or if other Catholics are offering excuses that seem to justify that sin.

But they are no less guilty than Adam and Eve for their sins.

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