I recently saw a priest and told him that when I could not go in person to mass, I attended to the one on tv. He said that TV mass did not count ,that it was there just for shut-ins and people that were too sick so that they could get the message. Does this mean that I was sinning on those sundays that I saw it on tv? When we saw the Popes give the blessings and the mass ,.Did it not count because we where not over there? Is televised mass just to get the message? I thought the blessing of “et orbis” is for everyone everywhere. :” title=”Question” />
If you have NO WAY of getting to Mass then it is not a sin PERIOD, but watching it on TV would be good.
Adelina, we do have a grave obligation to attend Sunday Mass. But whether it’s mortal or venial depends on 3 things as the Cathecism states.
1. Grave matter
2. Full knowledge and complete consent
3. Unintentional ignorance
All 3 conditions must be met for something to be mortal. Things like forgetting, not knowing, sickness, and so on would deffinately not be a mortal sin.
One of the main reasons for why missing Mass can be a mortal sin is because of the real presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. He only asks one day for us to come to Him and recieve Him. Who will say NO to God if they knew that he was at their local parish?
[quote:1dzpakya]Does this mean that I was sinning on those sundays that I saw it on tv?[/quote:1dzpakya]
If you didn’t know that it was a sin, then the answer is no. It’s not a sin to watch it, but it would be a sin if you purposely prefered to watch versus going to actual Mass being full aware of everything.
Victor, if you have a sickness that keeps you from going to Mass, that would not be a sin.
You’re right. Made the correction. ” title=”Wink” />
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