So, is it possible that two people perform the exact same action, but one be committing a mortal and another not be sinning at all because of where they are standing?
I will give you an exact example:
Many people on here say that piracy = stealing = breaking one of the ten commandments = mortal sin.
Now, assuming that logic is sound.
In Canada copyright is life + 50 years, and in America it is life + 70 years.
So, right now, a Canadian citizen could go to a website and download The Screwtape Letter by C.S. Lewis for free. This is completely legal, as the copyright has expired in Canada.
If I go to the exact same site from where I am in the USA, and download the exact same file, at the exact same time, I would be pirating it by US law.
IF it is a mortal sin (as opposed to something venial, like speeding), then a given government has the power to decide what is a mortal sin for the Catholics of their country.
This seems completely insane to me. I will agree that we should avoid breaking the law, and that piracy is illegal in many countries. I am not arguing that, but that would seem more like a speeding type crime than a 10 commandment crime.
If piracy is a mortal sin, I think it would be not matter where you are. So, if I copy your book, even in a country without any copyright law at all, then it should still be a mortal sin on the moon as much as in America. If that was the case, then what is God’s copyright term? Which is to say, while many countries have long terms, I don’t think any are forever. I can download Dante almost anywhere and that is okay. So, how long before God thinks a work is in the public domain and thus not stealable?
So, for those of you that feel piracy = mortal sin, please explain how it can vary from country to country, and what it means when a country has no piracy laws, etc.
If it is a venial sin, then it, much like speeding, does not need to be confessed unless it was somehow grievous (not sure what this would entail), I assume.