November 9, 2007


Sabi sa Roman Catholic teaching, suicide is a mortal sin.

Ibig sabihin ba nun na si Marrianet, nagpakamatay dahil nawalan ng pag-asa sa kanilang buhay at dahil sa trahedyang ito'y nabuksan ang mata ng marami sa ating nabulag na sa mukha ng kahirapan, ay nasa impiyerno ngayon?


rem said...

yung pare sa davao nagdadalawangisip kung babasbasan ang libing ni marianett o hindi. tsk tsk.

Tohru Lorenzo said...

Suicide is a mortal sin. This proposition is a little bit tricky because there are many different reasons for one to kill oneself. For example, people suffering from mental illness can kill themselves while not knowing what they are doing. People may kill themselves to protect other people, like their family member. Genreral Rommel of Nazi Germany may be such an example. Generally, one of the important conditions to make an act a mortal sin is the intentional denial of God. You need to recognize the graveness of your act and you need to know it is against the will of God. In this case, you need to "denounce" the teaching that our Lord is with us, that He gives what we ask for, that He never forsakes us, etc. If the intention is not important and the act of killing oneself or putting oneself in a situation that ultimately leads one to death is a sin, it would be difficult, in some cases, to distinguish martyrdom from suicide. (Ah, I'm probably going too far becasue martyrdom is a clearly defined concept.)

Suicide is grave even among other mortal sins because it is commited right before one dies and one's chance to have a true contrition for this sin seems very small, and this means s/he dies in the state of mortal sin. However, the Church does NOT deny, considering the greatness of God's love for us, the possibility of His giving grace that lets onself repent right before one dies of suicide. This is why the Church, today, officiate funerals for those who kill themselves. (The Church does not intend to increase grieves of the family of the dead by denying a funeral.)

This is not about suicide, but the possibility of salvation for those who die without Sanctifying Grace is not entirely denied. The eternal damnation of the aborted babies and babies that die before baptism is hard to comprehend for God created them not to damn but to save and share His glory. Of course, these are special cases.

I pray for the girl. She mentioned Mass in her diary. She must be in the light of Christ...

Paeng, your post on this matter does a lot of help for the girl. All who read think of her and talk to God. This itself is a prayer.

Tohru Lorenzo said...

ah, erratum.
To recognize "graveness" of one's sin is not necessary to make a sin mortal. technically..I think.

Isagani Rx said...

I believe the CCC has spoken about this matter.

Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.

We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives. ---CCC