“Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

“Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

Father Jim Rude doesn’t believe that most people have mortal sins on their conscience when they come to confession

Father Jim Rude, S.J.

[From the looks of Fr. Jim, he’s apparently reverting back to the 1970s’ “fundamental option” heresy (see comment below), which he must have learned during his studies for the priesthood in Jesuit institutions. That goes along with the other neo-Modernist heresy that there is no one in hell except the likes of Hitler, Stalin and Mao, who might not be there, because “Dare We Hope That All Men Be Saved?”]

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

The following is from an article published in the September 2016 edition of Central California Catholic Life by Fr. Jim Rude, SJ, Co-Editor:

I’m getting to be an old man, brushing the mid eighties, and I find that in these past few years, I have been doing a lot
 of reminiscing, thinking of people, places, events.
I remember the theology we were taught in the early days, a theology that was rather simple, and in a way, rather sad. For there was not a great deal of explanation. I went to Mass every Sunday with my family, wouldn’t miss it, but it meant nothing to me religiously; it was just something we did. I made my Confirmation when I was in the eighth grade, but all I can remember from it was the Bishop slapping me — and all the others as well.
Being a Catholic was simply fish on Friday, confession on Saturday and Mass on Sunday. And those confessions were rather sad, for there were usually mortal sins mentioned, but looking back on it I believe that there were never any mortal sins.
There were never mortal sins because I was only 15 and had no clue what a mortal sin was. Unfortunately there are still some Catholics among us who also do not understand. A mortal sin is not simply some evil action, an action which is truly evil, but it 
is one that has to be done with the deepest understanding of God’s relationship to the doer’s situation. The doer has to understand who God is, his ultimate and eternal love, and the doer has to be saying to himself, “I know who God is and what He should mean to me, and I don’t care. Away with God! I’m going to rob or hurt or sex no matter what.”
But also the doer has to act with full freedom. I look at articles in the news these days, like the 12-year old who killed an 82-year old priest while he was saying Mass, and I wondered what the kid was really doing, what he was really thinking. As horrible as his action was, I simply have a hard time believing that the kid committed a mortal sin by Catholic standards. And I look at people who grew up with horrible abuse during their childhood or poverty or continual gang experiences, and I wonder if they are really free to act in such an evil way.
I reflect on those most incredible words that Luke tells us were heard coming from that Man on the cross when He was suffering incredibly intense pain, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Those words give me joy.

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5 comments on ““Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

  1. [From Fr. John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary at CatholicCulture]



    A theory of morals that each person gradually develops in a basic orientation of his or her life, either for or against God. This fundamental direction is said to be for God if one’s life is fundamentally devoted to the love and service of others, and against God if one’s life is essentially devoted to self-love and self-service.

    As such, the idea of a fundamental option is not new. It was reflected in St. Augustine’s teaching that the human race is ultimately composed of two cities: the City of God, whose members love God even to the contempt of self, and the City of Man, whose members love themselves even to the contempt of God.

    What is new is the use of this idea to explain mortal sin. In 1975 the Holy See issued a formal declaration, Persona Humana, in which certain theories involving the fundamental option were condemned. “There are those,” the document stated, “who go so far as to affirm that mortal sin, which causes separation from God, only exists in the formal refusal directly opposed to God’s call, or in that selfishness which completely and deliberately closes itself to the love of neighbor. They say that it is only then, that there comes into play the ‘fundamental option’, that is to say, the decision which totally commits the person and which is necessary if mortal sin is to exist.”

    The Holy See admitted the description of a person’s basic moral disposition as a “fundamental option.” What is not admissible is to claim that individual human actions cannot radically change this fundamental option. A person’s moral disposition “can be completely changed by particular acts, especially when as often happens, these have been prepared for by previous more superficial acts. Whatever the case, it is wrong to say that particular acts are not enough to constitute a mortal sin” (Persona Humana, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, December 29, 1975, number 10).

    Implicit in the proscribed theory is the notion that there can be serious sins, such as murder or adultery, because the actions are gravely wrong. But no mortal sins, with the loss of sanctifying grace, is committed unless a person subjectively rejects God. This would subvert the whole moral order of Christianity, which believes that the essence of mortal sin is the deliberate choice of some creature which is known to be gravely forbidden by God.

  2. Anyone can commit a mortal sin in a fraction of a second. A single deliberate thought will do it. It only takes one and the soul had damned itself and lost all merit for its prior works and sufferings.


    St Alphonsus wrote that it was revealed to him that an eight year old child was in hell.

    Taking the apostate priest’s advice definitely qualifies. He’s even more dangerous to Catholics and everyone else than Hitler-y. She can only influence and inflict externally.

    And there are many just like him.

  3. Robin: What about climate change, Batman?

    Batman: A very good question, Robin. You would need to understand the theory of man-made climate change and agree with its accuracy. You would also have to have full consent of the will after sufficient reflection and deliberation, understanding that your use of air conditioning, a refrigerator, or a hair blow dryer was contributing to climate change and global warming and was absolutely unnecessary.

    Robin: Gosh, Batman, what about the fossil fuels in the Batmobile?

    Batman: Well, we use those for crime fighting, Robin. When absolutely necessary to protect the rights and lives of the citizens of Gotham City in accord with natural law.

    Robin: I guess that’s OK then. Casuistry makes so much sense when you explain it that way, Batman.

    Batman: How’s your Latin homework at Fordham Prep coming, Robin?

    Robin: Oh, boy…Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab

  4. Robin: Gosh, Batman, what about being slain in the spirit? Wouldn’t all of that rolling around on the floor, shouting, yelling, and hyperventilating, produce a lot of carbon dioxide and increase the Greenhouse Effect and global warming?

    Batman: Well, merely pretending to be overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit in carnival, drama-queen, con-artist theatrics to gain sympathy and attention in charismatic gatherings could be sacrilegious, Robin. However, for the garden variety of neo-Catholic charismatics influenced by this post-Vatican II neo-Protestant style of hysteria due to modernist invincible ignorance there might be a broad and wide spectrum of possible options for spiritual direction and admonishment before getting to the possible effects on global warming. Some reading selections from Erich Fromm might also be in order.

    Robin: What about liturgical dancing?

    Batman: Fortunately for us, that’s not part of the rubrics or choreography of the Extraordinary Form, Robin. But, yes, there would be a certain increase in carbon dioxide from liturgical dancing in the Novus Ordo which could contribute to climate change and global warming, theoretically, of course. Naturally, the carbon dioxide emitted would be proportional to the weight, size, and health of the liturgical dancers involved.

  5. “…but all I can remember from it was the Bishop slapping me”
    Unfortunately the Bishop didn’t slap him hard enough.

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