[quote=estesbob]In “Ask an Aplologetic” a member asked if his reason for missing Mass was valid. The Apologetic told him to go to confession and the Priest would help him determine if he had commited a sin or not.
I am afraid this goes contrary to evertything I have been taught and believe about Mortal sin-that is it has to be a concious disobeidence /rejection of God. It is impossible, IMO, to unknowingly commit a Mortal sin.
The CCC states:
*1859 Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart133 do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin.
**1860 *Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man. The promptings of feelings and passions can also diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders. Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest
Unintentional ignorance can dimminish guilt. But there is such a thing as intentional ignorance (I really want to do something, I suspect it is sinful, but I won’t check my cathecism or talk to a priest).
The cathecism also points out that the principles of the moral law are written in the conscience of every man. Although our sinful nature sometimes blurrs our conscience and reasoning process, I doubt that anyone is unintentionally ignorant of the fact that murder and adultery is sinful.