My friend is going to drop out of college, but she hasn’t told her parents, which I think is a sin. While her parents believe she’s going back to school, she’s planning on returning to the college, starting the process to drop out, and remaining in the area.
My question is whether she’s technically sinning. It is her education, after all. Even if she told her parents, it’s not as if they could force her to remain in school. I do realize there is a monetary concern since her parents are the ones taking out the loans. However, if she drops out before classes start, the parents won’t be charged. (There is the matter of the money spent up to this point, however.)
There are a lot of factors at play, so I’m not sure if she’s technically obligated to tell her parents. My question is about sin and salvation. Sin or no sin, the best thing to do would be to include her parents, I know. But is there anything in Catholic moral teaching that indicates what she’s going to do is a sin?