Knowledge Is Necessary for Venial Sin

Full Question

Do you have to have knowledge to commit a venial sin?

Answer

Yes, some knowledge is necessary for a venial sin to be committed. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

One commits venial sin when, in a less serious matter, he does not observe the standard prescribed by the moral law, or when he disobeys the moral law in a grave matter, but without full knowledge or without complete consent (CCC 1862).

For the sin to be mortal, full knowledge is required:

For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent (CCC 1857).


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  1. Karen Reply

    ADAM AND EVE WERE .THE TREE .DISOBEDIENCE.REALISTICALLY SPEAKING WHEN I WINNIPEG MANITOBA CANADATHINK OF ADAM AND EVE -DISOBEDIENCE.KWOWDE IS IMPORTANT WISDOM IS TOO.

  2. Karen Reply

    Proper teaching is important,alot of churches don’t teach the.we need a good example like christ..i notice alot of churches have different beliefs.mortal sin is also improper teachings,laws shouldnt be changed,what are the commandments.dont bend the laws-god canadademands truth.the holy spirit .

  3. Patrick Gannon Reply

    So we need knowledge for a sin to be mortal. I have no “knowledge” whatsoever that using contraception is wrong, for example. Yeah a bunch of celibate virgins dressed in robes tell me it’s wrong, but those same men said it was OK to torture people during the Inquisition. They are mere humans – unnatural and disordered, perhaps, but mere humans – all of them, including popes some of whom have committed heinous, grievous crimes. They are not reliable conduits for telling the rest of us what is right and wrong. Progress in human rights and morality has required overcoming the Church on things like genocide, slavery, racism, sexism, discrimination against the poor, and so on. There is nothing in the bible to say contraception is wrong; and every ounce of intellect, logic, reason, and critical thinking that I possess, assures me that it is not wrong – hence for me to use contraception would not be a sin at all, if “knowledge” is required to make it a mortal sin.
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    A mortal sin is supposed to be grave – I see no support that contraception is a grave sin. I have to know it’s a grave sin, and I most certainly don’t “know” or believe that. The only way to have “knowledge” is with compelling objective evidence, which the Church cannot provide.

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