I have a question about conscience matters and private vows. I would like to hear people’s opinions on this question. Please do not hesitate to answer freely.
Katrina is a woman who believed that she vowed to stop cohabitating with her boyfriend by a certain date. She believed she also added a punishment to the vow to say two Rosaries if she didn’t. However, despite her vow, Katrina did not stop cohabitating with her boyfriend. She also did not say those two Rosaries. She blew her vow off.
Katrina discussed all this with her friend Sampson, who told informed Katrina that she never actually made that vow. In fact, Sampson presented Katrina with incontrovertible evidence that Katrina never even ventured to make such a vow! Upon thinking about it further, Katrina realized that Sampson was correct. She was mistaken and her belief was misplaced.
**It’s obvious that Katrina needs to stop cohabitating with her boyfriend.
It’s obvious that Katrina is still guilty of sin even though her vow did not exist. First of all, cohabitation itself is a sin. Also, even though the vow wasn’t real, she believed it was. Therefore, she acted against her conscience by not stopping her cohabitation by a certain date. Then she acted against her conscience again by not saying the Rosaries! So she should confess her sin in this regard.
However, what about the two Rosaries?
Is she bound to say them? It seems like the answer would be “no” since there was no vow.
Nevertheless, I don’t know if the conscience matter changes things. It appears the only thing she is bound to do is to confess cohabitation and the sins against her conscience.**
But what do I know? I want to hear your opinion. Tell me, what do you all think?
(Also, I understand that certain elements of the story are ridiculous. For all intents and purposes, just suspend your disbelief a little higher than normal. ;))