Rest in peace, Robin, and may all those who suffer from depression, addiction, and disease find God’s peace in this life and the next.
In light of the tragic death of Robin Williams, a lot of questions about depression and suicide have been asked. Simcha Fisher, writing for the National Catholic Register, looks at the Catholic Church’s oft-misunderstood teaching on such a sad circumstance:
The act itself is always a grave matter; but for an action to be a mortal sin, the person must know that it is a grave matter, and he must do it voluntarily. The modern Church understands that depression and other psychological disturbances that might lead a person to suicide are true illnesses, which can significantly mitigate both a person’s understanding and free will.