What Does the Church Teach about Suicide?  ✂︎

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.