Originally posted by newbetx:
"So using this logic… If the bank I’m in is being robbed, I should walk up to the armed gunman and tell him what he is doing is a sin and to drop his weapon, because niether I nor my family can be “harmed” by him shooting me. "
Some prudential judgment is called for in this situation.
Did you see the TV interview with the 90-year-old woman who refused to give her gun-toting attacker $10? She told him that if he killed her, she would go to heaven, but he would go to hell. She then proceeded to give him a 10-minute sermon on salvation, during which he cried and repented. At that point, she handed him the $10, and he kissed her and thanked her.
This 90-year-old woman didn’t have to consider the financial loss to any dependent if she were killed. It seems in her case, she did the right thing. If she were a 30-year-old mother with small children, she could legitimately make a decision to hand over the $10 upon demand.
One more comment:
In the Catholic Faith, the body does matter very much. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We venerate the bodies of the saints after their deaths. We believe in the resurrection of the body. Though the resurrected body is glorified and changed, it is still our body for all eternity, if I understand the Church teachings correctly.