I would like to get some reactions to this article posted on 9/23/15 by the dean of Fordham’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (yes, I know Fordham has its issues, but I’m trying to evaluate this article on its own merits):
The article is called “Who Am I to Judge? Pope Francis and the New Evangelization”
Here is an interesting excerpt:
“More importantly, you cannot charge someone with sin, because sin is a subjective reality. It is radically subjective because it is about the relationship between God, who is not an object, and a person, who is not an object. Whereas Catholic doctrine identifies certain actions as objectively immoral, it does not equate what is immoral with sin. A person has to believe that an action is sinful for it to be so. If a person willfully did something that he or she believed was sinful, even if it was morally good, then it would be sinful for that person. So it is not our task or our place to charge people with sin, especially if the goal is evangelization. We should keep in mind the fact that contrition over sin is a gift of the Holy Spirit. It is not the result of browbeating.”
Any thoughts are appreciated.