When does being an accessory to someone’s sin become a mortal sin?
I’m having an issue at work at my job right now that is really upsetting me and for the record I can tend to be scrupulous.
My job puts me in a minor position of authority, and one of the minor unwritten rules at the job is routinely broken by people under me and others at work (rule being refreshments offered to customers, not supposed to be taken by employees) It seems to be more of an annoyance than anything warranting discipline to my bosses, and though I have mentioned it to them in the past (and some small measures were taken) they don’t really seem motivated to do anything substantial about it. What is my obligation in situations like this? I’m not even sure if it is my responsibility to steer them away from breaking this rule (but in the absence of certainty I have tried to hinder them nonetheless), I’m just supposed to supervise them and this rule doesn’t seem to really have to do with what they are at work for. Today I noticed two working under me taking some and I wanted to speak out but I just got a bit nervous and locked up (I have anxiety issues) and couldn’t bring myself to speak out.
Did I sin here? Did I mortally sin? And more generally, what is the relationship between being an accessory to another’s sin by silence and mortal sin? I just don’t understand how I could be sinning here even though I fear I might be. I don’t want to do wrong, I don’t want those under me to do wrong, but it’s just my anxiety is preventing me from speaking out when I’m not even sure I really have to speak out. If I was sinning in such situations do I take on the same guilt as if I had stolen/broken this rule myself? Is this the rule when it comes to being an accessory to sin by silence? Say if someone under your authority does something wrong and you don’t prevent them or say something, is this as if you did the sin yourself? If so I find this so hard to understand since I have no desire to do wrong and it’s a situation where I just feel like I want to do the right thing but circumstances (such as my often paralyzing anxiety) prevent me from acting how I think I might have an obligation to act.
Help is appreciated.