A grave is the pit which one is buried in because of their mortality. Grave matter, would then be something which makes a grave…
When combined with the other two requirements necessary as taught by the Church then it may be a mortal sin. No act, in and of itself, is a mortal sin.
So, not even – dying without baptism – is mortal?
Hmmm … that doesn’t sound quite right.
While objectively grave and disordered acts such as fornication can be mortal or grave sin, one must possess full knowledge and full consent of the will to define that action as mortally sinful thus completely separating oneself from God.
Ok. Then why, since babies do not sin with original sin, does dying without baptism constitute eternal separation from God? (We don’t KNOW that he saves every one of them in an unseen baptism…)
Someone committing the act of fornication who has no knowledge of its grave nature and/or consequences may not be held culpable and therefore commits a venial sin at worst. This is what the CCC expresses as well as other Church documents. If you can quote otherwise please advise me.
Do you mean they “will not” be held accountable, or do you mean to say they “might not” be held accountable? Eg: which part of the CCC are you referring to?
Fornication is grave matter – it makes a grave that one can fall into – as in spiritually dead. Whether you fall into it or not, is what constitutes the mortal part.
Like, murder, at least one person goes to the grave – and possibly two.
But, now, I find it rather an act of fancy to think that anyone naturally could think that murder is not wrong. (Mentally handicapped not being a specious argument. They are unable to murder anyway. ) I am not talking manslaughter, but murder. This law, though it may be suppressed, is universal in man.
Perhaps you could improve the details a bit, teachCCD?
I think you are on the right path.
God bless you today.