When was original sin removed from OT saints?
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(07-19-2012, 08:41 AM)SouthpawLink Wrote: See here: http://www.newadvent.org/summa/4070.htm#article4

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica III Q70 A4

"Reply to Objection 4.  Original sin was taken away in circumcision, in regard to the person; but on the part of the entire nature, there remained the obstacle to the entrance of the kingdom of heaven, which obstacle was removed by Christ's Passion.  Consequently, before Christ's Passion not even Baptism gave entrance to the kingdom.  But were circumcision to avail after Christ's Passion, it would give entrance to the kingdom."

St. Thomas Aquinas'  teaching must be taken very seriously by Catholics.  Since he said that (in regard to the person) original sin was taken away in circumcision (although it did not give entrance to the kingdom), it is not good to simply insist that it was only removed in Hell when Christ descended there. In another place also in Q70 St. Thomas says simply "All are agreed in saying that original sin was remitted in circumcision."  He says circumcision acts through the faith of the recipient.

Here (if a reminder is needed) is evidence of the immense esteem in which the Church holds St. Thomas:
"Pope Leo XIII, Aeterni Patris" Wrote:But the chief and special glory of Thomas, one which he has shared with none of the Catholic Doctors, is that
the Fathers of Trent made it part of the order of conclave to lay upon the altar, together with sacred Scripture and
the decrees of the supreme Pontiffs, the "Summa" of Thomas Aquinas, whence to seek counsel, reason, and inspiration.

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Re: When was original sin removed from OT saints? - by Doce Me - 07-20-2012, 03:29 AM

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