Thursday, August 21, 2014
Un-do a vasectomy for forgiveness? No loopholes into heaven . . .
The following comes from an Aug. 17 posting on the blogsite of the New Theological Movement.
Recently, I had a discussion about proper administration of the sacrament of Penance regarding a man who confesses having had a vasectomy. This is the question: must the man who receives a vasectomy, in order to receive absolution validly seek a reversal of the vasectomy?
The simple answer – “Is a reversal required for absolution?” – “No, a reversal is not always required, but YES it is often required as following from true sorrow for the sin.” However, there is much to consider.
What is clearly not permissible is for a man to get a vasectomy and then fain sorrow thereafter so as to receive absolution – there are no “loopholes” into heaven. If a man is sorry for his sin, he tries to rectify the situation, and (if the procedure is safe and easy) this would mean a reversal of the vasectomy….
To read the entire posting, click here.