As stated in the
Baltimore Catechism... (emphasis added)
Q. What is
A. Mortal sin is
a grievous offense against the law of God.
Q. How many
things are necessary to make a sin mortal?
A. To make a sin
mortal three things are necessary: a grievous matter, sufficient reflection, and
full consent of the will.
Q. Why is this
sin called mortal?
A. This sin is
called mortal because it deprives us of spiritual life, which is sanctifying
grace, and brings everlasting death and damnation on the soul. [Note: This of
course refers to unrepented mortal sin.
All sin can be
forgiven for those still alive who are truly repentant.]
Q. How can
we know what sins are mortal?
A. We can know
what sins are considered mortal from Holy Scripture; from the teaching of the
Church, and from the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.
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