I have been reading the Catechism and realized that I need to make restitution against sins committed against the “thou shall not steal” commandment.
When I was young I shoplifted from stores, and until not very long ago I downloaded music, movies, and software without paying for it.
The Catechism says that restitution should be made to the owner of stolen goods. Practically this would be very hard to do, and I also don’t have a whole lot of money and need to save for college.
An Apologist suggested that I make restitution by volunteering, serving, giving the poor.
This is a good idea but I am not sure because it does not seem to do justice to the original owner. What do you think?
I did the same thing. I have no qualms with it though, since at the time I didn’t consider it stealing. Really, I considered it a form of payback since for the years the music industry stole from everyone through price-gouging on CDs, selling them for several thousand percent more than it cost them to make them. What they did would be like someone selling paperclips for $3 or $4 each. I know that is a rationalization and is on shaky moral ground. Nevertheless, I don’t feel bad for the thieves when they are stolen from. Now, I just don’t buy music, and I never will either. Especially since you don’t know how much of your money goes directly to their causes such as Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood, Act-Up, NARAL or other shady organizations.