Thank you, Father. I realize that part of the reason for the disconnect in our conversation about sin is due to differences in the way Catholics and Orthodox explain/think of sin. We (in the Latin tradition) tend to think of sin as actions and offenses more often than we do as spiritual illness. I think that seems to be changing within our Church because I have heard more and more Priests and teachers within the Catholic Church refer to the Church as "a hospital for sinners," but I realize this imagery of sin as sickness may not have always been the predominant view in the West.
The Eastern Orthodox believe nocturnal emissions are potentially sinful, so we shouldn't be surprised that they are opposed to ignorance getting someone off the hook for a sin. Heck, they don't even think an act being involuntary is an excuse.
Sin is illness of the soul my friend. It is not about getting someone off the hook, it is about healing them. I hope and pray that you are able to be mobile soon, and that your injuries heal.
Health and hospital may not have been the anthropology but the theology has always been and remains the fact that ALL sin...voluntary and involuntary, in knowledge and in ignorance...ALL objective sin committed by any person at all, disrupts God justice and providence in the entirety of creation. The consequences of our negative thoughts, words and deeds impact God's good providence/justice negatively, regardless of blame or guilt.
That means that when we sin in thought, word and deed, voluntarily or involuntarily, in knowledge or in ignorance...we indeed sin!!...That says nothing about blame, or guilt. Blame and guilt are not our responsibility. That belongs to God alone, and the prayers of the communion of saints and the communities of the faithful.
That means that ALL sin, ALL evil must be redressed, must be restored. Each time we tear a hole in the fabric of creation's goodness...WE, in God's good grace must restore and be restored...whether or NOT we sin voluntarily or involuntarily, in knowledge and in ignorance.
Boil all that down to what the Church thinks the great unwashed masses can manage, and you get the "rules" that you learned in the various places where you've learned the faith Wyatt...but you have not learned it all...not quite yet.
And when you have "learned it all"...when your time for learning in this life is over, what you will see is that, about God, you know very very little. But as long as you believe that you know it all, you will know nothing.