Hi friends! I just created an account. I’ve been wondering a lot lately: Is it possible to determine whether someone is in mortal sin? I’ve presented this (seemingly) simple question to many Catholics and I get all sorts of answers. Frankly after many discussions I’m now thinking that we as a Church Militant are not sure what the answer is. Some people straightforwardly say “yes”, some say “we can come to a very good guess”, some say “no, or at least not without a special dispensation of grace”. It seems to me that if the answer is yes, then we really don’t need God as judge, and there isn’t really any mystery involved in the particular or final judgment of souls. Someone could for example commit some gravely evil act and die right away, and we could just infallibly believe that s/he is off to hell? I’m very confused on this topic.
For what little it’s worth my own opinion is that human judgment is worth approximately nothing, and that human beings have no business trying to determine whether someone is in a state of grace or not. There seems to me this cloud surrounding people, this thick veil, beyond which others cannot see. But maybe I need to revisit this?
Thanks for helping me work through this!