I searched the forums, but couldn’t find that this subject had been discussed before.
The other night, my husband, who has been away from the Church for many years, said he didn’t think Jesus could be considered sinless. He said that Jesus obviously sinned when he became angry with the merchants in the Temple. He also said that anger is one of the 7 Deadly Sins. I said that anger is an emotion, and emotions are not sinful in and of themselves. I also said that wrath, meaning unbridled anger, was the Deadly Sin. When I mentioned that anger was not a sin, but what you did with your anger that could be sinful, my husband said he didn’t see how upturning tables and whipping the money-changers could be seen as anything but a sinful way to act in anger. We looked up anger in the Catechism, and there was a quote from St. Thomas Aquinas (DH’s patron, ironically) saying that anger used to right wrongs was praiseworthy (or something to that effect). DH dismissed it, and said it just sounded like the Church trying to justify Jesus’s actions.
I realize it is probably a lost cause with my DH, but I was wondering if anyone had any comments or suggestions should this issue come up again. Thank you!