I’ve misunderstood the nature of mortal sin in the past, but skipping Mass with full knowledge seems to be pretty clear cut as being categorized as a “mortal” sin.
I read this:
But I don’t find the answer to be satisfactory. Why does skipping Sunday Mass merit one’s soul for hell? So if a man, with full knowledge of Church teaching of obligatory Sunday Mass, decided to skip Mass to watch the Super Bowl (mortal sin), and choked on a Dorrito while watching it and died, why does he deserve hell?
It’s not like God needs our worship correct to survive or anything. The cynical side of me says the Church just made up this rule so it could get money from parishioners every week. Nothing about the words “keep the Sabbath holy,” an Old Testament commandment, implies to me we have to go to a Roman Catholic church every week, listen to a potentially awful homily, tackle each other to shake hands with people, then get in a line to take the Eucharist, everyone making a bee-line for the priest over the Eucharistic ministers, with the Church “clique” parishioners typically first. It seems like an unnecessary social hurdle that could actually inhibit and damage one’s faith.