I’ve recently stumbled upon a thought and can’t seem to find the answer outside of what our priest has told us.
Is it possible that something always considered to be a mortal sin, is not? What if committing the mortal sin is for the sake of another person and not committing it would cause an even graver evil? (Sorry for lack of specifics here).
A priest told me the other day that one disservice the church does when talking about mortal sin, is that it always states what IS a mortal sin, but doesn’t go into the details of why. Sometimes knowing the “why”, he says, helps us to better understand the gravity of it. Otherwise, it’s not necessarily a mortal sin. I suppose out of ignorance? Or is he saying that there’s this set of streamlined rules the church teaches about mortal sin, but it’s a case-by-case basis? Obviously, someone who is not Catholic and/or doesn’t understand Catholic teaching on mortal sins is technically not in mortal sin…ignorance is bliss I suppose. But what if you fully know what the church teaches about certain sins being mortal and someone tells you it wasn’t because of your extenuating circumstances? Confusing I know.
Please pardon my ignorance in advance on this topic.