As a former Roman Catholic from a large Italian family, still mostly Catholic, I read with great interest a recent Washington Post article on the Vatican.

John Cali

The Vatican recently decided to go public with one of its most secret tribunals, the 800-year-old Apostolic Penitentiary. This tribunal handles cases of sin the church considers so grave only the pope can grant absolution.

It seems Catholics the world over, including mainly Catholic Italy, the Vatican’s home turf, are increasingly ignoring the sacrament of penance.

For those who may not know what that is, a priest, after hearing a person’s confession of their sins, then assigns a penance and grants absolution. According to church doctrine, this is almost the only way Catholics can be forgiven their sins.

Apparently the Vatican’s motive in removing the shroud of secrecy from the Apostolic Penitentiary is to encourage Catholics to confess their sins more often.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, second-in-command at the Vatican, said “Today it seems the sense of sin has been forgotten.”

That may well be, but I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing.

Here’s Spirit.

Spirit

The sense of sin has been instilled in most of you since infancy, whether you’re Roman Catholic or not. You’ve been raised to believe you are less than worthy, less than deserving, less than lovable. In fact, according to Catholic doctrine, all humans are born with so-called “original sin.”

So you’ve been tainted and marked from the day you emerged from your mothers’ wombs!

That, friends, is complete nonsense! It has never been true. It will never be true. You were all born pure and godlike. You are God, as you’ve heard us say many times over the years.

How can God be a sinner?

And what is “sin” anyway?

It’s whatever the “powers that be” define it as being. And you humans buy it, as you say, “hook, line, and sinker.” That’s the mass consciousness — do what “they” tell us. “They” know best.

Again, that’s nonsense. Or to put it in your blunt, less-than-polite language, it’s bullshit!

We don’t want to go into this in detail today, but we will say the whole idea of sin was foisted upon you as an attempt to control and manipulate you. And it’s largely succeeded.

Friends, we want you to forget about sin. It doesn’t exist. You are not born tainted with “original sin.” You will never be punished in hell. There is no hell greater than the one you inflict upon yourselves in this lifetime.

You are all God/Goddess. You are good. You are worthy. You are loved.

We love you. When you love yourselves as we love you, you will never again have “the sense of sin.”