Not all crimes (in civil law) are sins. And not all sins are “crimes” in civil law.
Which is worse? A crime or a sin?
Morally speaking and in terms of sin, it is no sin to enjoy life and its pleasures in moderation. This includes drinking and smoking to include the moderate use of other mind altering drugs like weed, Mary Jane, marijuana.
But in some places alcohol and other mind altering drugs are crimes.
Where is the sin? In the moderate use of these or in breaking the civil law.
It is breaking the civil law which comes under the 4th Commandment that we are to obey legitimate laws if they are just and set for the common good.
Thus, if I disobey a red light in the middle of the night, after stopping, and there isn’t a soul on the road, I don’t believe I commit a sin if I run that light after stopping. However, if a law enforcement camera catches me doing it, I can be fined or sent to prison.
But which is worse? A sin or a crime?
Disobeying God, be it okay or not in civil law, is far more serious as the punishment for the unrepentant sinner could be the eternal fires of hell. Not even the death penalty for laws that are not sins is worse than that.
Does Pope Francis, as he usually does, muddy the waters on what is worse a sin or a crime? To be fair, Pope Francis does say homosexual acts are a sin, but they should not be a crime. The question remains, though, does Pope Francis agree with his fellow Jesuits, one a priest and the other a cardinal heading up the synod on synods, that the Church can bless sin as in homosexual sexual unions? Press the title for the muddied thinking: