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Concerned Carol wrote:

Hi, guys —

My dad sells pirated books and often avoids piracy inspection officers.

  • Is this a sin?

Carol

  { Is it a sin if my dad sells pirated books and often avoids piracy inspection officers? }

Paul replied:

Dear Carol,

Yes, objectively it is the matter of sin. Absent any other information on this, pirating means stealing: a violation of the Seventh Commandment.

Paul

2401 The seventh commandment forbids unjustly taking or keeping the goods of one's neighbor and wronging him in any way with respect to his goods. It commands justice and charity in the care of earthly goods and the fruits of men's labor.

For the sake of the common good, it requires respect for the universal destination of goods and respect for the right to private property. Christian life strives to order this world's goods to God and to fraternal charity.

 

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