Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Two New Pics and a Question

I changed the pics for the last two posts. I think they look a lot better now. After looking at the old ones several times, I realized that they were kinda corny. The pic in my profile is corny enough, so that had to be rectified quickly....

That said, "Extra ecclesiam nulla salus" asked the following question in the Q&A board at Phatmass:
If one does something that one thinks is a mortal sin and it is not even a sin does the person commit a mortal sin?
Short answer: No.

We have to keep in mind that actions have an objective quality, irrespective of how you may subjectively feel about them. So, some sins are grave even though you may feel they are not, and other sins are venial even tho you may feel they are more serious. Likewise, some actions are not sinful at all even though you may feel that they are.

Pax Christi,


dogfoodlover said...

What if we assume that the act in question involved a full consent of the will with respect to something that was believed to be mortal sin? Isn't there an objective quality to the mere intention to commit mortal sin?

In other words couldn't any act potentially result in mortal sin if there was an explicit desire to commit mortal sin through said act? Couldn't one say that the "grave matter" in such a case would be in forming such an intention in the first place? Subsequently consenting to this intention would seem to constitute mortal sin.


Danny Garland Jr. said...

I looked in the Catechism and it didn't provide an answer. However, I remember discussing this in my Christian Moral Principles class and the intention of a person is very important in condsideration of what is a sin.

If a person thinks something is a mortal sin (even though it may not be a sin), and does it anyways with the full intention of committing a sin, then that person has comitted mortal sin.

Likewise, if a person commits a venial sin, but thinks it is mortal and does it, then it is a mortal sin for that person.

phatcatholic said...

I'm not so sure if I agree. Could it be that the mortal sin is in the desire to separate oneself from the Lord, and not necessarily in the performance of the act, which would be objectively venial?

dogfoodlover said...

That's pretty much my theory. So maybe it was a silly point.

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