there’s a lot of talk about scandal in catholic circles. but my question is, does scandal always include sin?
is it still considered scandal if something looks bad to other people but isn’t necessarily, because they don’t know all the details?
for example, your friend owns a store, it’s your birthday and they say you can pick out anything you want. someone else sees you doing so and assumes you’re stealing which then causes them to steal.
another example I’ve heard is of a priest, visiting a prostitute’s house, in order to convert her, but all people see is him leaving the house known to be that of a prostitute. they don’t know the rest of the story. they then assume the priest is using the services she is offering.
perhaps these scenarios may be imprudent but in both cases, no one was actually doing anything wrong, it might have just looked that way to certain people who jumped to conclusions. isn’t rash judgment also a sin?
any thoughts would be appreciated. thanks