This is Catholicism, Episode 65: Sin in General

In this opening show of This is Catholicism for this season, Father Philip Eldracher and Justin Eldracher begin their discussions on sin with an overview of the different classes of sin and why we must avoid all sin.

Father Philip Eldracher

Father Philip Eldracher

A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion by Father Joseph Deharbe, S.J. was originally written in German, was very popular in the 19th century, and was translated into English. Bishop Donald Sanborn finds the Deharbe Catechism to be the most complete to convert and instruct people in the Catholic Faith.

Father Eldracher is currently pastor of Mary Help of Christians chapel and provides the Traditional (Tridentine) Latin Mass to faithful Catholics throughout Australia.


You can show your appreciation by supporting the Australian Mission where Fr. Eldracher is based by helping out with this crowd funder (remember that your USD goes a lot further in Australian dollars!):  and


Part 2: On The Commandments (continued)
Chapter 4: The Violation of the Commandments

1. What is actual sin?
2. In how many ways may we sin?
3. Are all sins equally grievous?
4. When do we commit mortal sin?
5. Why are grievous sins called 'mortal' sins?
6. When do we commit venial sin?
7. When is the transgression not quite voluntary?
8. Why are lesser sins called 'venial sins'?
9. Should we dread only mortal sins?
10. What should deter us from committing sin?
11. In what does the malice of mortal sin principally consist?
12. Can we comprehend the full malice of an offence against God?
13. What most of all shows us the malice of an offence against God?
14. What are the consequences of mortal sin?
15. Why should we also carefully avoid venial sin?

Episode Notes:

The text is available in the public domain for free online as a PDF. Used copies and reprint versions can still be found and purchased.

“A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion” by Father Joseph Deharbe S.J. on

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Original Air Date: March 15, 2024
Show Run Time: 46 minutes
Show Host: Justin Eldracher
Show Guest: Fr. Philip Eldracher

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