Tuesday, May 13, 2014
DOES SOMEONE GO TO HELL FOR "MINOR" MORTAL SINS?
"Catholic Answers" that asked, "Does someone go to hell for "minor" mortal sins?" Did I feel vindicated? Well, I said to myself: "self, this vindicates me!"
How did one person at Catholic Answers answer the question "Does someone go to hell for "minor" mortal sins? This is one musing from a Catholic in angst who doesn't know if she wants to be Catholic if God sends people to hell for intentionally eating a hotdog on Good Friday despite living a good life most of the time and for the following reasons :
1) A teenager steals a Twix candy bar, and dies. Does he go to hell to burn for all eternity?
2) A man surfing the internet just minding his own business, suddenly is spammed with an porn pop-up ad in his face. In a moment of weakness he clicks the ad, and dies. Does he go to hell to burn for all eternity?
3) A widower mourning the death of his wife, is suggested by a friend to use a Ouija board to contact her. Wracked with sadness, he consents, and dies. Does he go to hell to burn for all eternity?
4) A couple planning to get married in one month are living in the same apartment. They're not having sex or anything. They die. Do they go to hell to burn for all eternity?
5) A man misses mass on Sunday because he scheduled a golf game. He dies. Does he go to hell to burn for all eternity?
6) Contraception. A woman is afraid to get pregnant, so beseeches her husband to use a condom. He reluctantly consents. They have sex, and die. Does they go to hell to burn for all eternity?
7) A woman lies to her boyfriend about liking his artwork because she doesn't want to hurt his feelings. She dies. Does she go to hell to burn for all eternity?
8) A woman downloads one mp3 of a very obscure foreign song from the internet because she couldn't find the CD at any local stores, or from any digital stores like iTunes. She dies. Does she go to hell to burn for all eternity?
I know and can understand the Church's position on things like contraception, and I can agree they aren't a "good" thing. However, spending all eternity in hell is a gross unbalance in proportion to the sin, and I don't think I can accept the teachings if any of the above answers are an "official" yes from the Catholic Church.
MY FINAL COMMENT: Maybe we need to examine our concepts of Original Sin and Actual Sin and be less judgmental about who goes to hell for which unrepented sins.
I like the direction Pope Francis is taking us as it is logical and makes sense. He teaches about venial and mortal sin but is promoting another concept called being "corrupt." The corrupt live a lifestyle of mortal and venial sin and have no intention of changing their lifestyle. That seems to me and evidently to the pope what qualifies one for eternal damnation, which Pope Francis has spoken and says people do go there!
There is of course venial sins which technically are minor sins, but are they really? It all has to do with with one, two or three of the following being missing in one's choice to sin: "serious matter; one knows it is serious and wrong; and one does it with full consent of the will." For example, road rage could objectively be classified as a "mortal sin." But if a person simply loses it when someone recklessly cuts them off in traffic and in a fit of anger and rage, that person rolls down the window, yells and screams and makes obscene hand gestures toward the offender, is that road rage a mortal sin or not? Yes, the person knows that road rage is serious matter and she knows it is wrong to do it, but her "full consent of the will" was compromised in the heat of the moment and she lost control of her emotions and actions and acted inappropriately. This is not minor but it is a venial sin rather than a mortal sin since full consent of the will was compromised.
One intentionally eats a hot dog on Good Friday. The mortal sin is disobeying the legitimate authority of the Magisterium to legislate discipline for all Catholics. One eats the hotdog intentionally because that person doesn't think it is a big deal eating a hotdog on Good Friday and thinks the Church's law is silly. She simply doesn't think eating a hot dog on Good Friday is a sin and that even if it is, that God won't sin her to hell for being unrepentant eating a hotdog on Good Friday. She thinks that if this is a mortal sin or a "minor" mortal sin that this then compromises what truly is mortal and "minor" mortal sins. What kind of sin is this? A mortal sin, a "minor" mortal sin or a venial sin?
So is there "minor" mortal sin? Or am I just making it up?