Degrees of sin?


#1

Are there only two degrees of sin, venial and mortal? If so, does that mean that a sin like premarital sex is equally “grave” as abortion or rape? And if these are all examples of mortal sin, do they receive the same punishment?

Thanks,

Upbeatjonm


#2

Dear Upbeat,

There are degrees of mortal sin and there are degrees of venial sin–just as there are degrees of holiness.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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