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Old 10th November 2008, 09:54 PM
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Default Do not pray for Mortal Sin

16If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that.

{5:16} Anyone who realizes that his brother has sinned, with a sin that is not unto death, let him pray, and life shall be given to him who has sinned not unto death. There is a sin which is unto death. I am not saying that anyone should ask on behalf of that sin.

Why don't we pray / ask on behalf of mortal sins?
Does this verse say that our prayers can release forgiveness for venial sins in others, but not for mortal sins? If a person commits a mortal sin, such as murder shouldn't we pray for their repentance? If a person is practices frequent habitual mortal sin such as masturbation, shouldn't we pray for their strengthening?
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Old 10th November 2008, 10:40 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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We can pray for persons who have committed mortal sin.

That passage in Scripture means that if you pray for someone who has committed a venial sin, that person can be forgiven without confession. But as for mortal sin, they cannot be forgiven without repentance and confession (or perfect contrition). It means that you should not expect someone who commits an actual mortal sin to be forgiven by your prayer alone, but only if they respond to God's grace. Whereas for venial sin, even if someone does not specifically consciously repent from a venial sin, they can still be forgiven by your prayer.
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Old 11th November 2008, 02:41 PM
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We can also pray for people in Purgatory (people who died in a state of sin that did not lead them to death or venial sins); but we can not pray for people in hell (people who died in state of sin that lead them to death).
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