Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Pope ponders original sin, speaks about desire for change

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2008 / 11:54 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI's catechesis during this morning's General Audience was dedicated to Saint Paul’s teaching on original sin. This teaching is presented by Paul as the relation between Adam, the first man, and Christ, the second Adam, the Pope explained.

The Apostle, in his Letter to the Romans, “traces the basic outlines of the doctrine of original sin,” the Pope began.

"The center of the scene is occupied not so much by Adam and the consequences of sin on humanity, but by Jesus Christ and the grace which, through Him, was abundantly poured upon humanity."

"If, in the faith of the Church, an awareness arose of the dogma of original sin, this is because it is inseparably connected to another dogma, that of salvation and freedom in Christ. This means that we should never consider the sin of Adam and of humankind separately, without understanding them within the horizon of justification in Christ," the Pope continued.


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