Is sex before marriage a venial or mortal sin?

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    weather
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    Q. Is sex before marriage a venial or mortal sin?

    Questions about sex and Catholicism are very popular. The Catholic Church has firm requirements concerning sex to help people. It isn’t because Catholicism is against sex. However, sex used without a solid foundation like marriage is doomed with heartache.
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    Roman Catholicism teaches that sex before marriage is a mortal sin. Sin disconnects you from God. If you have sex before marriage, you should not take Holy Communion until you go to confession.
    From the Catholic Catechism, “Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him.”

    If you have had sex without being married, try to go to confession as soon as possible. Learn why sex before marriage is trouble, and pray for wisdom that you understand why it’s wrong and the courage to abstain. God loves you, understands, and He forgives.

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    Andres Ortiz
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    I thought nothing was a mortal sin unless you had knowledge, free will to perform the act and if it was grave.

    If one does not know sex before marriage is wrong how can it be classified as a mortal sin?

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    weather
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    If one is a Catholic then you know the difference between a mortal and vernal sin,but sometimes the other head takes over(and that head has no conscience.

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    Victor
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    [quote:2lngk6lf]I thought nothing was a mortal sin unless you had knowledge, free will to perform the act and if it was grave.

    If one does not know sex before marriage is wrong how can it be classified as a mortal sin?[/quote:2lngk6lf]

    That is certainly how I understood it.

    [color=green:2lngk6lf][b:2lngk6lf]1857[/b:2lngk6lf] For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.”131

    [b:2lngk6lf]1858[/b:2lngk6lf] Grave matter is specified by the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the answer of Jesus to the rich young man: “Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and your mother.”132 The gravity of sins is more or less great: murder is graver than theft. One must also take into account who is wronged: violence against parents is in itself graver than violence against a stranger.

    [b:2lngk6lf]1859[/b:2lngk6lf] Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart133 do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin.

    [b:2lngk6lf]1860[/b:2lngk6lf] Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man. The promptings of feelings and passions can also diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders. Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest. [/color:2lngk6lf]

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    Benedict
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    [quote:1fqmfxzn]If one does not know sex before marriage is wrong how can it be classified as a mortal sin?[/quote:1fqmfxzn]Conscience and community pretty much rule out any rational person from being truly ignorant of fornication being immoral.

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