Is talking in church a sin? A colleague at my soup kitchen was talking the other day about how narrow the way to heaven was, and he started listing all these sinful things that we turn a blind eye to, like being uncharitable in the way we speak, even humourously, or talking in church. He mentioned that St Faustina and St Don Bosco and others all saw people falling into hell in huge numbers.
So, first of all, is talking in church a sin? I can imagine it being a discipline that may have been pronounced on in the middle ages and then just never officially repealed?
Secondly, if that’s true, what about all the other minor things the Church has, at some time or other, declared sinful, but people have forgotten about over the years? What about all the sins we don’t even know we’re committing?
It’s enough to make you want to become a hermit, only I know I sin more when I’m alone than with other people.