Les jardins de Marmara

In questo video Monsignor Armando Theodoro Corino affronta il tema del peccato, con il sottofondo della canzone “Les jardin de Marmara” di Dalida.

Sotto il video la traduzione in inglese del discorso.

After the video, you can find the Speech english translation.

The idea of sin itself is no longer conceivable, because sin can be reckoned just like it is only towards the glory of God, a term of comparison we have lost in the past. We cannot speak about sin on the basis of ethics, which would reduce guilt to intention and moral responsibility: as if we did not feel guilt having caused someone elses death or pain, as if Dostoevskij was wrong by having told us that we are all responsible for everyones fault. According to ethics, sin would not ever be embodied as a beast crouching at your door, spying and willing to have you (Gn 4,7).

Biblical sin is similar to disease and in the New Testament healing from sin is not different from healing from disease. As illness may be caused by a deliberate behavior, such as going to extremes, which is strictly connected to personal responsibility, so is the sin: however they are both fearful because they can act far beyond this boundary, by striking blindly, widening and infecting everyone. We tend to conceive moral obligation as a universal necessary constant rather than like a historical invention, just because we are used to taking our past experience as the absolute, and that is due to a lack of historical perspective. Ancient Jews have never taken Mosaic laws as a moral code. In fact they never felt the writs we call ritual to be worse or different than the ones we call moral writs. By the way, even in the New Testament the fundamental commandments of baptizing and celebrating Eucharist have the same ritual feature as circumcision in the Old Testament. However, the Mosaic laws do not bind because of their rational need but because they come from Gods authority, the King of Israel: God can command not to kill but he can also command to slaughter entire peoples (Dt 7, 1-2).

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