Archbishop: Voting for Pro-Abortion Candidate Is ‘Mortal Sin’

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Breitbart: An Argentinean archbishop has urged the faithful not to vote for candidates or parties that support abortion, insisting that voting for them would be a “mortal sin.”

In choosing whom to vote for in Argentina’s upcoming elections, “the abortion issue is one of the chief topics to consider,” said Archbishop Hector Aguer in the television program Keys to a Better World on Saturday. “Opting for a pro-abortion candidate or for a party that includes abortion in its platform is a mortal sin.”

According to Catholic teaching, a “mortal sin” is a gravely evil action that separates a person from God and, if unrepented, is sufficient to send that person to hell. more …

If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.

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Opinion: And yet on Monday we posted this headline:

“Chicago Cardinal Cupich Will Allow Pro-Abortion Politicians To Receive Holy Communion”

So which is it? Is the Cardinal correct because he outranks an Archbishop, or are both taking scripture out of context? Let’s take a closer look at the verse that the Archbishop quoted, 1 John 5:16-17 that Catholic Catechism uses as proof for the concept of mortal and venial sin:

“If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.” NKJV

Take the case of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). Both committed a sin that was so serious a danger to the Christian community that God judged the sin with instant death. Taken out of context, Catholic teaching uses the 1 John 5:16-17 verses to separate sins into two categories:

Catholic Catechism:

Mortal sin: “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.’”

Venial sin: “One commits venial sin when, in a less serious matter, he does not observe the standard prescribed by the moral law, or when he disobeys the moral law in a grave matter, but without full knowledge or without complete consent.”

Romans 6:23 applies to all sin: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

All believers sin, and all sin separates us from God. Those who accept the pardon for sin that the cross of Jesus Christ provides will be forgiven at the moment of repentance to God. It is not necessary for Christians to be absolutely sure which sins can lead to instant death because it is God’s grace that redeems the believer from every lawless deed, as Lamentations 3:22-23 clearly states:

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

See chapter 3 ‘The Church Train’ on eternal security here