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Tellas wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was always told:

"If you don't act on moral decisions then you are just as guilty as those opposing what is right."

and I wondered if this is true, and if so, where it can be found in the Catechism.


  { If you don't act on moral decisions are you just as guilty as opposing what is right? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Tellas —

The sentence is not clear. We must not omit our clear duty, or not help someone in serious need but we are not obliged to do all the good that there is to do. We must follow our conscience which guides us as to what good should be done here and now, and what evil is to be avoided. The Catechism teaches that we can sin by omission.

See 1846 to 1879 in the Catechism for a discussion on sin.

Mary Ann

Tellas replied:

Hi Mary Ann,

Thanks for answering so quickly, and rather well.


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