What's really silly is that they are making degrees of 'dead'. You can be dead, or you can be REALLY dead depending on the sin clap:
Sin is simply doing something you know in your heart is wrong and\or God, via the Bible, has specified. Any 'degree' of sin seperates a person from God. All people sin to some extent. So all are seperated from God. There is no 'in between'. You are seperated or you are not. That is the whole point of Jesus. He mends that seperation for us. There is nothing we can do to fix it or 'earn' our way back (much to the chagrin of the Catholic Church and others trying to profit off of people trying to buy their way to salvation).
Personally I just think the RCC is desperate and doing all they can to stay in the headlines in (not in the bad way...) and try to look more politically correct and 'progressive' to some extent.