Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines and Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life, Dating, and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Kevin wrote:

Hi guys,

If someone misses Church without a good excuse and knows that the Catholic Church considers that a sin, will that person go to Hell if they don't repent because they believe, in their heart, that not going to Mass isn't a sin?


  { If someone misses going to Church on Sunday without a good excuse, will that person go to Hell? }

Eric replied:

Hi Kevin,

For someone who is in a state of God's friendship (a state of grace), for them to lose that friendship with God, and so be in the peril of Hell should they die, requires committing a sin with three conditions:

  1. It must be grave matter (which this is);
  2. They must do so knowing it is a sin and grave matter (which is true in this case); and
  3. They must do so freely and deliberately, that is, not under internal or external compulsion, not impulsively or out of passion, and so forth. This is kind of the idea of the premeditated murder.

This means that if you forget to go to Mass, it's not a sin (unless, perhaps, you are grossly irresponsible in doing so, i.e., You could have made the effort to remember but deliberately ignored every opportunity to ensure you remembered).

If your spouse pressures you into not going, you may not be committed a mortal sin . . . and so forth.


Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.