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Our readers asked:

Is kissing with passion a mortal sin?

Richard G. Malloy, SJ Answers:

Mike Hayes, one of the editors at Bustedhalo® opined in response to this question, “I think kissing WITHOUT passion might be a sin.”

Mortal sin is “deadly sin,” sin that separates us from the community and God on a deep and real level. To persist in mortal sin, knowingly and will full intention of the will, cuts us off from the life of grace, the power of God to save us and bring us to eternal life.

It is difficult to argue that passionate kissing by itself could rise to the level of mortal sin. Now if you’re kissing another person’s spouse or your close relative, consequences may be more complicated.

The Author : Richard G. Malloy, SJ
Richard G. Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., is Vice President for University Ministries, the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, and author of A Faith That Frees (Orbis Books).
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  • Rich

    Alright all over the internet are sites that say French kissing and intimate kissing are sinful before marriage. I would disagree and want to explain why. If two people are in an intimate relationship that is leading towards marriage and if the passionate kissing shows no signs of leading you down the aisle of sin. Guys you know when it is a serious problem whether you want to admit it or not. so basically if you can kiss someone passionately that you intend to move forward in marriage with then there is no problem with that. If you are becoming heavily sexually aroused yes there is a problem that is the key point. the thing you have to keep in mind is that you have to be sure not to be disrespecting the person you are kissing. if this is not the case then no sexual contact has taken place and therefore no sin and it could be a temptation or even a sin for someone if it proves to much for them and they become sexually aroused or consistently fall into the same sins because of this. This argument does not apply to heavily fondling or petting because what is going on is sexual in nature. another factor to keep in mind is whether or not scandal is being caused.

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