I want philosophers to weigh-in.
Part of the catechism reads that a certain sin is “intrinsically” and gravely morally disordered. According to my research, the word ‘intrinsically’ means essential to the nature of a thing. One sample sentence might have been, “exposure to the arts is intrinsic to living a educated life, etc.” Frankly, though I know what the Catechism is getting at, I am puzzled by the awkwardness of its grammatical construction therein.
- how can sin or any kind of sin be intrinsic to our nature? If so, why bother worrying about this or any sin. Why would we hope to rid ourselves of the essential?
- If something is essential, then it has no hope of changing. Does this mean that the church has taken the position that certain sins are Hopeless? If there is not hope, how can we accuse or deem worthy of punishment?
- Since this sin is intrinsically disordered, to what is it intrinsic?
Lastly, it is merely for gaining useful clarification that I write. Prayers and blessings aside, will someone please give me an answer to this apparently pessimistic paradox. I personally think I am possessed of a general understanding, but in the hopes that clarification will assist me, I ask for philosophical help.