Bishop Gregory Mansour, Bishop of Maronite Eparchy of St. Maron, USA
“It is a good read. It says what I was hoping it would on all important matters. It deserves a careful read and not an a priori opinion.”
Fr Andrew Pinsent, at Oxford University, offers the following reflection:
“The underlying moral questions that this document prompts us to ask, I think, are “What is sin really? Can sin ever be something definite, cutting off our communion with God?” By drawing attention to marriage as an icon of the supernatural communion of God and his people (para. 70, para. 314-316; citing especially Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est), the surprising implication that is latent in this document is that sin is not mere wrongdoing or law-breaking. Instead, sin may be better thought of as ‘spiritual adultery’. But if sin is spiritual adultery, and a single act of adultery betrays a spouse (objectively as well as subjectively), so also a single serious sin can indeed cut off our communion with God. That’s the bad news. The good news, as the Holy Father tirelessly reminds us, is that Christ by his great sacrifice offers us mercy, a means of repentance, and a restoration of grace and love.”
Diane Montagnais Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.