Oh, man… so Navarro-Valls and Ratzinger stuck to the no-comment route. And by neither confirming nor denying they keep the spin alive. I wonder about them, and the “theologians” who gave it this spin.
JP2’s statement would stand perfectly well by itself as what others have stated starting with Captain Amazing, specifically the part about how “penitents living in a habitual state of serious sin and who do not intend to change their situation cannot validly receive absolution”.
This restates the long-held teaching that those with obviously no intention of changing their life are not to be granted the benefit of sacramental absolution and reintegration to the fullness of the communion with the RCC. (I can see how this would be a way of tacitly “inviting” the gays and the divorced to go find themselves a different Church – quite a lousy way of dealing with the issue in itself)
JP2 could not call ANY behaviors ** “unforgiveable”** – he could not, that would contradict basic doctrine. The use of that word looks like a combination of (a) sensationalistic spin from the media and (b) opportunistic spin from the puritanical faction within the Church (as usual, misdirecting attention from the real problems).
In Catholic communities all over Earth we have situations of people who continually transgress and (a) believe that dropping in at the confessional every Saturday and saying the right magic words is a “Get Out Of Hell Free” card and (b) expect it’s the priest’s job to get them the GOOHF card, or else. This involves all sorts of stuff: cheating spouses; people in nonmarital sexual relationships (whatever your gender or orientation); drug dealers, Mafia Dons, sweatshop operators, terrorist supporters, unscrupulous corporate executives, dictators who make political opponents “disappear”, etc.
Sadly, this combines with a Church where, around the world, “social absolution” is endemic – too many priests and bishops will rather bend than cause the awkwardness of refusing to allow the Mayor’s son, or the Head of the Ruling Junta, to partake of the Eucharist.
Unfortunately, I fear what will happen is that whatever JP2’s intentions were, these people I’ve just referred to are already spinning it so that only thosee with unconventional sexualities or lifestyles get slammed, while those who “are bleached tombs, who shine on the outside but are full of putrefaction” will keep getting a good pew in the front row.