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If you become addicted to a sin, do you still give full consent to doing it every time?

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If you become addicted to a sin, do you still give full consent to doing it every time?

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It is impossible to give a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, since each situation and person have their own particular set of circumstances. Generally speaking, to be fully culpable for a sin, a person must be freely choosing the sin. Addiction certainly lessens the freedom to choose and thus can lessen culpability. However, the person is still culpable for the free choice that led to the addiction and is also responsible for attempting to overcome the addiction.


By Fr. Charles Grondin













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  1. Shirley Reply

    My solution is to trust God’s Mercy in regular confessions. Then do your penance after & keep asking God to strengthen & help you not to repeat it. It’s amazing how many times we don’t even realize when we stopped a particular sin. God’s sacramental grace helps & heals us. Some things quickly & others take more time, God never leaves us helpless. When we fall from grace; we have to get back up again, as many times as it takes. Confession is a precious gift God left his Church, that the world loves to discourage us from & which goes unused too much. Then, people forget how wonderful they feel after the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you’ve been away from it; come back. You won’t regret it. God bless!

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