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Helene Shepherd wrote:

Hi, guys —

A home bound communicant watched a program on EWTN with Archbishop Dolan of New York and she heard him talk about an unforgivable sin.

She is now anxious to know what that sin might be. Unfortunately, I didn't know there was an unforgivable sin, so I am trying to help her out.

Please help me by explaining what this sin might be.

Thank you,


  { What kind of unforgivable sin was Cardinal Dolan talking about? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Helene —

No sin you are sorry of and truly repent of is unforgivable. This sin is mentioned in Mark 3:29, which calls it blasphem[ing] against the holy Spirit. Traditionally, this sin is understood as final impenitence, i.e., refusing to repent for your sins at the end of your life.

The New American Bible footnote says:

"Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit: this sin is called an everlasting sin because it attributes to Satan, who is the power of evil, what is actually the work of the Holy Spirit, namely, victory over the demons."

That said: I think your friend should relax.


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