And he gets it. “I don’t think there’s any reason to believe that anything our Holy Father is saying now is inconsistent with 2000 years of Church teaching, so I would hope people could be at peace and at rest about that,” said Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International.
Drawing from the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well, Fr. Check discussed encounter and the importance of establishing that relationship with the person afflicted by sin. And, since we are all sinners, we all have need of that same relationship. There is not one particular sin that deserves condemnation before and without relationship. Quite the contrary: “the personal engagement, the walking with” is what’s necessary.
“The most important aspect of the Courage apostolate is the relationship between the individual person and Jesus Christ,” emphasized Fr. Check. “No one understands the struggles of all of us, whatever they may happen to be, more than Jesus Christ.”