.- This week Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, warned that it would be an error to remove the word âsinâ from the human âdictionaryâ and believe that nothing is evil.
During his homily at Mass on Sunday, the cardinal lamented the âprofound transformationâ of the moral and religious understanding in many Christians. âFor many today, nothing is evil, nothing is immoral and it seems like weâve even erased the word sin from our dictionaries.â
âWithout a guilty conscience, how will we feel the need for Godâs forgiveness? How can we appreciate the salvation of Christ if we donât think we need it?â he asked.
âInjustices, kidnappings, violence, infidelity, stealing, human rights violations and the scorn for lifeâ are sins, he said. âWe are in trouble, and so is society, when we block out that red light, losing the sense of guilt ... and sometimes even using defense mechanisms to portray us as progressive or open-minded,â the cardinal said.
Godâs forgiveness is a great gift which Christians must hold fast to in order to achieve reconciliation, repentance and conversion, âwhich are necessary to keep us from making mistakes again.â