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Is it a sacrilege to administer the Eucharist to non-believers?

When I was a child, I attended a Catholic summer camp where the majority of campers were not baptized and did not profess any faith. This camp held weekly celebrations of mass, and distributed the ...
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Is it a mortal sin for a Catholic to knowingly pass on his/her sickness to another person?

According to Catholic teaching, would it be a mortal sin if a Catholic were to knowingly pass on their sickness to another person? For example, say that a Catholic has an important project that they ...
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Is denying Christ under the threat of death not a mortal sin? [duplicate]

I heard that if martyrs denied Christ when forced under the punishment of death, the sin would not count since it was not freely chosen. Basically, they wouldn't commit a mortal sin since the mortal ...
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When was the first appearance of the term "Peccatum Gravis" in Catholic Theology?

A rough estimate of the time will do. To refer to mortal sins, the Catechism of the Catholic Church uses peccatum mortale (CCC 1856-1857), as does Saint Thomas Aquinas (ST II-I Q88 cf. New Advent). ...
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Question about mortal sin and the state of grace?

From what I have read, Catholics either are or are not in a state of grace. There's no grey area in between. Anyone living in an abject state of mortal sin according to the Church incurs a "...
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In Catholicism, why is heresy a mortal sin?

According to Catholicism, an act of heresy is a mortal sin. "Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise ...
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What's the difference between "knowledge" and "full knowledge" when it comes to sin?

This is actually not a speculative question! :) An act committed with mere knowledge is not a mortal sin--it must be full knowledge. So, what is the difference between mere knowledge and the full ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are sex positions that can’t bear children sinful?

Note that my question is asking about married couples, not just any two people engaging in intercourse. According to the Catholic Church, would a husband in wife be in sin if they committed any of the ...
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Is it impossible for a finite human to commit a mortal sin by its very definition?

A mortal sin requires 3 things: grave matter, full knowledge, and deliberate consent. As finite beings, we cannot fully know God--this is stated by the apophatic tradition which includes Aquinas and ...
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Can a validly baptized non-Catholic commit mortal sin, thereby losing the state of grace?

Since some non-Catholic baptisms are valid, and thereby remit original sin and confer sanctifying grace, there would therefore be some non-Catholics who are in a state of grace. Cf. Do the conditions ...
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Is participation in the near occasion of mortal sin and openness to the possibility of sin, mortal itself?

For example: An alcoholic decides to go to an event with an open bar (participates in near occasion of sin). The alcoholic decides that he will not directly go to the bar and request a drink (avoids ...
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According to the Catholic Church, if one, faced with the threat of being burned alive, denied Christ, would his sin be mortal?

If one, faced with the threat of being burned alive, denied Christ, would his sin be mortal? It seems that it was treated as such in history, but how can this be so in light of CCC 1859 which says ...
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How defined is the threshold of graveness for mortal sins? (Catholicism)

The Catholic Church has defined criteria for when a sin is a mortal sin: The sin is grave. It's committed with full knowledge of the sin and its gravity. It's committed with deliberate and complete ...
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When did the Catholic Church first distinguish mortal from venial sin and connect it to state of grace?

I understand that Catholic theology cites biblical basis for distinguishing mortal from venial sin (see Catholic Answers Mortal and Venial Sin). But when was the first known practice where the ...
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How does Catholic sacramental theology explain the efficacy of the sacraments conducted by a priest who is in the state of mortal sin?

As far as I know, a mass said by a priest who has lost friendship with God (in the state of mortal sin) is valid by the principle of ex opere operato, justified by the resolution of the Donatist ...
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In Catholicism, what happens to the gifts of the Holy Spirit after we committed a mortal sin?

If a baptized and confirmed Catholic commits a mortal sin, what are the effects on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit received in the sacrament of baptism and later intensified (sealed) in the ...
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Does a priest have to consume the Eucharist no matter the state of his soul?

Can a priest decide not to consume the Eucharist during mass if in doubt whether he is in mortal sin? We know he still has the power to change the host and wine into Christ's body no matter the state ...
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How do the 3 Protestant traditions deal with the two types of sin mentioned in 1 John 5:16-17?

When reading the letters of John the other day I was struck by 1 John 5:16-17: ¹⁶ If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God[a] will give him life—to ...
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Why is complete consent listed as a requirement for an act to be a mortal sin?

What does the complete consent, when listed as a requirement for a mortal sin, mean? Objection: It would seem that there are mortal sins without complete consent. A woman goes to get an abortion ...
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How many mortal sins did/does Satan do?

How many mortal sins did/does Satan do? Did Satan commit just one mortal sin? Does the number of mortal sins increase as he tempts people to commit sin? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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In Catholicism since when did willfully violating Sunday Mass obligation become mortal sin?

In the history of the Catholic Church, what led to the classification of willfully violating Sunday Mass obligation to be mortal sin? I'm looking for the origin of canon law, council document, ...
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If a sin can be dispensed, is it really a sin?

Question During the Coronavirus pandemic many Catholic bishops have decided to dispense the faithful from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. The standard teaching is that missing Sunday Mass ...
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Is sharing "Fake News" and gossiping "Fake News" a mortal sin? (Catholic perspective)

In light of the current media trend of reporting and resorting to fake news and gossiping, and some netizens are somehow careless in becoming an instruments to spread it. Some social media users ...
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Can "feelings and passions" make an act involuntary?

In high school, my religion teacher said, Mortal sin is a very serious matter. It is a conscious decision in which the person intentionally turns away from God. Therefore it is impossible to, say, ...
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Is the Catholic teaching regarding the definition of mortal sin de fide?

The Catholic definition of mortal sin: Its subject matter must be grave. It must be committed with full knowledge (and awareness) of the sinful action and the gravity of the offense. It must ...
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What is mortal sin? Is agression a mortal sin? [duplicate]

What is a mortal sin? Is physical or verbal agression to a family member, father, brother, sister, mother, uncle, cousin, aunt or friend a mortal sin. What are the effects and can it be forgiven and ...
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What is the eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox understanding of mortal and venial sin?

In western Catholicism, there is an idea that if you commit a grave sin with full consent and full knowledge that it is grave, it becomes a mortal sin. You loose your state of grace and are set on a ...
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Is it possible to repent after death in Catholicism?

In the following quote from the Catechism, it seems to imply that you can repent of a mortal sin after death. How does that fit with the standard "Once damned always damned after death" view that the ...
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Do the conditions for mortal sin apply to non-catholics?

There are three conditions for a sin to be mortal: It must be a grave sin. Eg. Anything from the 10 commandments, Adultery, Murder etc. It must be committed with full consent of the will. The person ...
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If you are in mortal sin but went to mass anyways are you in less of a sinful state?

Let's say John is in an invalid marriage and he intends to convalidate at some point but he is waiting for practical reasons such as making sure family can attend and it will take some time and money. ...
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According to the Catholicism, is a conscious denial of the gospel of Christ a mortal sin?

For example, say there is a 28 year old Muslim woman living in Afghanistan. Her whole life, her family, friends, and community have told her to "stay away from those pagan Christians because they ...
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