Misunderstanding sin leads the Christian witness astray

In 1968, teaching a fourth-grade religion class in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, Father Edward J. Ruetz pinned a $20 bill above the chalkboard and told the class it would go to the student who could name a sin that wasn’t also a failure to love.

Despite a cavalcade of guesses, the prize ultimately went unclaimed.

More than half a century later, this example still offers insight for many Catholics when it comes to their grasp of what sin actually is and how it works….

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