Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Evangelizers Post: Is Suicide a Mortal Sin?

I have a new article up at

With the death of Robin Williams, many people are talking a great deal about the tragedy of suicide.  Sadly, many of us have known people who have taken their own lives.  The shroud of darkness that covers a family that experiences this horrible kind of death can be overwhelming.

Often during these times questions arise.  Is it a mortal sin?  Is that person going straight to hell?  Can they ever be forgiven?

But how do we talk about suicide?  If we speak too harshly we might wound people too deeply who are already heartbroken.  If we speak too lightly, we might give the impression that we tacitly approve of such an act.

So what are we to do?

I write now not as a mental health expert, but as a theologian and teacher.  I write based on those experiences alone.  If you or a loved one is struggling with this issue, please know that there is zero shame in seeking counseling.

Is suicide a mortal sin?

You can read the entire article here.

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