397 Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God’s command. This is what man’s first sin consisted of. All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.
398 In that sin man preferred himself to God and by that very act scorned him. He chose himself over and against God, against the requirements of his creaturely status and therefore against his own good. Created in a state of holiness, man was destined to be fully “divinized” by God in glory. Seduced by the devil, he wanted to “be like God”, but “without God, before God, and not in accordance with God”.
399 Scripture portrays the tragic consequences of this first disobedience. Adam and Eve immediately lose the grace of original holiness. They become afraid of the God of whom they have conceived a distorted image - that of a God jealous of his prerogatives.
400 The harmony in which they had found themselves, thanks to original justice, is now destroyed: the control of the soul’s spiritual faculties over the body is shattered; the union of man and woman becomes subject to tensions, their relations henceforth marked by lust and domination. Harmony with creation is broken: visible creation has become alien and hostile to man. Because of man, creation is now subject “to its bondage to decay”. Finally, the consequence explicitly foretold for this disobedience will come true: man will “return to the ground”, for out of it he was taken. Death makes its entrance into human history.
1046 For the cosmos, Revelation affirms the profound common destiny of** the material world** and man:
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God . . . in hope because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay… We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (*Rom 8:19-23)
1047 The visible universe, then, is itself destined to be transformed, “so that the world itself, restored to its original state, facing no further obstacles, should be at the service of the just,” sharing their glorification in the risen Jesus Christ.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church seems to suscribe to the idea that the planet earth, and indeed the entire cosmos, has been somewhat affected, altered, as a consequence of Original Sin.
I understand though, that the conception of the universe in biblical times wasn’t the same as that of today >> biologos.org/blogs/guest/the-ancient-science-in-the-bible But regardless of it, applied to a modern view of the universe, this idea of a cosmic fall with Man doesn’t make any sense to a contemporary person.
In a document titled ‘The interpretation of the Bible in the Church’ presented and published by the Pontifical Biblical Commission in 1994, is mention of a hermeneutical principle referred to in english as ‘Actualization’ ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM#6
So, how can we actualize, adapt, translate, that idea today?