Are verbal attacks out of anger ever a grave sin?

Noticing in St Aquinas mortal sin description that the extreme anger is only a mortal sin when it includes a want to kill or to seriously wound a person. That type of circumstance then would seem to escalate from calling a name or a verbal attack.

(Matt 5:22)
Getting angry and calling someone a fool maybe for revenge or to hurt their feelings would leave a person liable to hell fire by making them vulnerable to commit a more serious action I assume.

So then to look at the question, is calling names out of anger a graven sin or venial sin?

I won’t answer your question about sin, that is really for a priest in a confession to answer.

I was just listening to a priest who said…

verbal attacks and ranting lead to more disordering says a priest i was just listening to. WE should not rant, it just encourages more ranting and leads to lack of growth in the ordering of the soul.


This topic was automatically closed 14 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit