I admit I don’t, I actually find it very confusing. It is yet another example of what I sometimes call “Catholic-speak” that uses English words but assigns them different means from the secular ones.
Another such word would be “cult” to refer to a group that has a devotion to Mary or some other saint, it is a neutral, even positive word in the Catholic context. But in secular society, most people use “cult” to mean “extreme religion founded by a very charismatic leader that believes and does crazy things”, and some atheists will claim “all religions are cults” and of course that makes the word little more than an insult along the lines of “religious wacko”.
Mary Gail 36 gave an example of scandal that most people would call something worse than “scandal”, that “once in high school where a girl was counseled by some “friends” to be sexually active with her boyfriend, because he would probably cheat on her with a girl who would.”
So, is scandal simply Catholic-speak for “leading someone into sin”, as in actively persuading them to sin? Or does it mean “setting a bad example that could lead someone into sin”?
But when the topic of “chaste cohabitation” is discussed on CAF, most will claim that a couple living together is still guilty of “scandal” even if they are not having sex, because (1)everyone will assume they are, and be tempted to do the same or (2) other couples may decide “if Jim and Sue can live together and still be chaste, so can we” and therefore set themselves up for a fall.
On the other hand, since homosexuality is so acceptable these days, does this mean two male friends, or two female friends, shouldn’t live together either, because many people will assume they must be a gay couple having sex? Or that a brother and sister shouldn’t live together because people will assume they are an unrelated man and woman having sex? Maybe two brothers or two sisters shouldn’t either?
BTW, I’m a woman, and was actually once in a very awkward situation, me and my sister went on vacation together to a place with a high LGBT population, and I had someone, not sure if they were gay too or just were used to seeing a lot of gay people, assuming my sister, was my lesbian girlfriend. Still gives me the shudders to think about it. So does that mean I should never go on vacation with her again to avoid causing scandal?