“To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world.” –Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1488.
What a powerful statement.
We’ve lost a sense of what sin is in our age. It’s easy to get caught up in contests of “well, this person did far worse,” or “well, everybody does that now-this seems like antiquated prudery.”
But the Catholic teaching is different. At once it is tremendously empowering, yet frightening. Human activity, by virtue of our dignity makes no action (or inaction) insignificant. By our failings not only do we wound ourselves, but our church, and how we view others and relate to them. Sin is the revolt of creature against creator-one of the most obvious signs of our free will-which damages all of creation. As such, there are no victimless sins.
Fortunately on the flipside, we are promised that every drink of cool water is given not only to friend or stranger, but refreshes the entire body of Christ because of that same dignity, and that same unity with God and with neighbor.