[quote=Monica4316;10888365. Does the Church have more info on this, just to read about it in more detail?
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
1735 Imputability and responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified by ignorance, inadvertence, duress, fear, habit, inordinate attachments, and other psychological or social factors.
That’s all that this paragraph says. It’s in a section on human free will. So, anything which takes away free choice diminishes or nullifies the sin.
In scripture, on the cross, Jesus refers to ignorance: Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Elsewhere in scripture, in the OT, there was a story about how a slave woman was forced into adultery. The text says she is not guilty of adultery, because of her slave condition.
I’ve tried to get clarification on how this paragraph of the CCC should be used. For example, if you think it applies to you, then you shouldn’t have to go to confession before receiving communion – because it’s either a venial sin or not a sin at all.
If you confess the supposed sin anyway, then there was no point to the bishops putting this in the CCC in the first place.
The other sort of clarification is how broad it is. Ignorance — fear — habit — social or psychological factors (not elaborated). Whew, that’s a loophole you can drive a popemobile through.
Homosexual conduct is condemned as grave matter, but isn’t there a strong psychological factor that takes away freedom? Would a person even be thinking about it, if that factor was not there?
This paragraph isn’t the entire “story.” Because of the universal call to holiness, we are called to avoid all sin. We have an obligation to try to overcome habits of sin, etc., exactly where 1735 may apply.
1735 is in the catechism, with everything else. So, this is part of the deposit of faith like everything else. (You have to believe in this and accept it.)