If we are serious Catholics, we must recognize that our Faith calls us to acknowledge a much-disliked and disputed doctrine: the Fall. The teaching, in the words of Paul, is that "By one man sin entered into the world, and by sin death, and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned" (Romans 5:12).
The doctrine of original sin says that what is wrong with the human race is something like a birth defect. Our fallenness consists not of something Adam and Eve gave us, but of something they didn't give us: a relationship of union with God that should have been there but isn't. The result is that we are born with a hole in our soul where God should be, but isn't.
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