cursing


#1

Is it a sin or grave matter to cuss? I don’t mean say Jesus’ name in vain but use cuss words? I have never heard anyone comment on this.


#2

I believe the answer would be "yes". Choose a curse word. Think about what it means. What are you doing when you say it? Are you using the words to build people up? Are you using the words to make yourself reflect Christ to others? Or are the words being used to tear someone down? When you speak the word, does it lead others to think about what is good, true and just? Or does it tempt them to think about impure things? Language is powerful and almost any word can be used to sin but curse words are generally all in that category.


#3

Scripture seems to support that it is indeed a venial sin. Check out this link: catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=2802

Keep in mind that cussing as well as cursing are addressed.

"You must put that aside now: all the anger and quick temper, the malice, the insults, the foul language" (Colossians 3:8).

"Let your speech be always gracious and in good taste, and strive to respond properly to all who address you" (Colossians 4:6).

"Nor should there be any obscene, silly, or suggestive talk; all that is out of place" (Ephesians 5:4).


#4

I was told by a priest that normally it's venially sinful.


#5

There is a thread about this topic, with some good answers
forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=741806&highlight=cuss


#6

It depends lets look at two situations.

1.
You are driving safety to work nobody else is in the car. Another driver cuts you off and it is obviously his fault and he almost caused an accident. Without thinking you say "Oh, ****" then that would be venial at worst I feel.

2.
You are arguing with your mom. You cuss at her at one point. This might even be mortal because you fail to honor your mother which is a commandment.

As always ask a priest and really what has to be said with cussing. Any language on Earth has plenty of words. There should be no need to swear and if we are temples of God then all parts of us should be clean and pure.

God bless


#7

[quote="billcu1, post:1, topic:310670"]
Is it a sin or grave matter to cuss? I don't mean say Jesus' name in vain but use cuss words? I have never heard anyone comment on this.

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I don't think the Church has addressed that so formally.

There's nothing wrong with saying **** just to say it, or even in a moment of frustration, but swearing to offend, hurt or intimidate others is wrong, and silly I think.


#8

[quote="billcu1, post:1, topic:310670"]
Is it a sin or grave matter to cuss? I don't mean say Jesus' name in vain but use cuss words? I have never heard anyone comment on this.

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I don't think the Church has addressed that so formally.

There's nothing wrong with saying **** just to say it, even in a moment of frustration, but swearing to offend, hurt or intimidate others is wrong, and silly I think.


#9

Intent is key.

Momentary expressions of frustration or shock by means of an expletive are not sins since they are, essentially, unbidden.

However, you should always guard your tongue just as much as you are expected to guard your eyes (i.e. by not looking at stuff you shouldn’t, like porn).

If you intentionally swear in front of someone who you know to be sensitive to bad language or in a situation where your audience is likely to be offended (such as in or near a church), then you would be being insensitive and rude, which would, indeed, be a venial sin.

Accidental utterances would not be sinful and even deliberate utterances in certain contexts wouldn’t be either: i.e. a priest friend of mine used the F word in front of me, which certainly made my eyebrows shoot up in surprise, but he was doing so by means of giving an example of something someone else had said and he knew I wouldn’t be offended.

Basically if your conscience tells you it’s wrong, then don’t do it!


#10

[quote="DexUK, post:9, topic:310670"]
Intent is key.

Momentary expressions of frustration or shock by means of an expletive are not sins since they are, essentially, unbidden.

However, you should always guard your tongue just as much as you are expected to guard your eyes (i.e. by not looking at stuff you shouldn't, like porn).

If you intentionally swear in front of someone who you know to be sensitive to bad language or in a situation where your audience is likely to be offended (such as in or near a church), then you would be being insensitive and rude, which would, indeed, be a venial sin.

Accidental utterances would not be sinful and even deliberate utterances in certain contexts wouldn't be either: i.e. a priest friend of mine used the F word in front of me, which certainly made my eyebrows shoot up in surprise, but he was doing so by means of giving an example of something someone else had said and he knew I wouldn't be offended.

Basically if your conscience tells you it's wrong, then don't do it!

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Aren't we forming our conscience? I know mine has changed much over time.


#11

As long as you are not angry at God or at a person when you do you are probably fine
Still cursing less is better than good

God bless


#12

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