Sin of omission
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In the Catholic view, a sin of omission is a failure by a person to take an action that one "ought to do", and that is within ones power, and when attentively and willfully done, it is considered to be a sin. Like sins of commission (sins resulting from actions performed), the extent to which guilt is afforded by a particular sin of omission is determined by the extent of deliberation involved in the act, and by the magnitude of the precept and the dignity of the virtue that the omission opposes.
the failure to do something one can and ought to do. If this happens advertently and freely a sin is committed. [...] The degree of guilt incurred by an omission is measured like that attaching to sins of commission, by the dignity of the virtue and the magnitude of the precept to which the omission is opposed as well as the amount of deliberation.
A person may be guilty of a sin of omission if—as Joseph Delaney states in the Catholic Encyclopedia (1911)—they fail "to do something which [they] are able to do," and which they ought to do because they have put themself into a state or situation whereby they are unable to complete the action. For example, if a person chooses to drink to excess and is therefore unable to perform a necessary task, that person is responsible for that failure—even though that person is physically unable to perform the task because they knowingly put themself into a state (drunkenness) where accomplishing the task was impossible.
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- Delany, Joseph (1911). "Omission". The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York, N.Y.: Robert Appleton. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
- Humfrey, Clint (February 6, 2018). "Avoiding the Cul-De-Sac of Sin". The Gospel Coalition (thegospelcoalition.org). Retrieved February 17, 2022.
Careless liberties can mask sins of omission that lead to sins of commission.
- Shedd, William G. T. (1871). "The Sin of Omission". Sermons to the Natural Man. New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner. pp. 249–266. Retrieved February 17, 2022.