I was recently told by my parish priest, during an RCIA class, that an act can only be deemed a sin if the person committing it and God decide that it is. Then he started going on about “objective” and “subjective” cases of sin, etc, etc…
I had never heard this before. If it is up to the individual to decide what is a sin and what isn’t, based on his or her own moral conscience, then how can the Church say that some things are sin and some aren’t? Why have Confession at all? Wouldn’t this train of thought just leave people open to sin because they’re always going to find ways to justify their actions-because that’s human nature? If the priest’s arguement was correct, then that would give leave to homosexual unions, women being priests, etc. because many people in those situations believe what they’re doing is not a sin. In the extreme case, it would excuse things like the Holocaust because the Nazis believed what they were doing was right, too.
I hope I’m making sense. I’ve been having quite a long dialog with my priest about this. My RCIA director is saying that our priest is being loyal to the Magesterium, but I guess I’m just not seeing it. Am I missing something? Is he right and I’m just refusing to follow Church teachings? I don’t want to be in rebellion against the Church, but I just don’t see how his line of thinking can be correct. What do all of you think?