...According to the nature of the perfection which it limits, evil is metaphysical, physical, or moral. Metaphysical evil is not evil properly so called; it is but the negation of a greater good, or the limitation of finite beings by other finite beings. Physical evil deprives the subject affected by it of some natural good, and is adverse to the well-being of the subject, as pain and suffering. Moral evil is found only in intelligent beings; it deprives them of some moral good. Here we have to deal with moral evil only. This may be defined as a privation of conformity to right reason and to the law of God. Since the morality of a human act consists in its agreement or non-agreement with right reason and the eternal law, an act is good or evil in the moral order according as it involves this agreement or non-agreement. When the intelligent creature, knowing God and His law, deliberately refuses to obey, moral evil results....
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Is Prejudice a Sin? Nope.
The question has been raised, so we took a look.
(Found at "Nature of Sin" in the Catholic Encyclopedia)
The important word in the red-highlight area is "act." Prejudice is not an "act"; it is more akin to a 'metaphysical evil' (above), it is a negation of a greater good. Prejudice is not racism, which is the 'acting out' of prejudice; therefore racism is a sin, but prejudice is not.
Prejudice, however, is an evil, so we should resist it at all times.