In dialoguing with an Independent Baptist about the doctrine of original sin, we have reached an impasse in which I have explained the Church teaching of original sin and he believes the Catechism’s explanation of what original sin means is contradicted in different sections. Here is the Baptist’s most recent response:
I haven’t misunderstood the Catholic adherants understanding of original sin… and I haven’t misunderstood the Catholic Church’s teaching on original sin. I know what you believe Eden… and I agree with you as to what you claim original sin to be.
But, the Catholics here are not truly understanding what the Catholic church is teaching… and I had intended to prove that. CCC 291 and 292 teach that the Catholic Church is leaning on the doctrine of Original sin to justify Pedo-Baptism… but because it is easy to logically refute the idea that Adam’s sin is transferred to an infant… the Catholic Church has back-paddled to say that there is no guilt transferred to an infant… then why ccc291?
If I am right, there is no need / grounds for infant baptism, and the Catholic teaching on sotierology is faulty.
What is the Church’s teaching on original sin and guilt and has the teaching remained consistent?