Catholic Dictionary

Holy Spirit, Sins Against the

1. The disobedience to God, considered especially offensive to the Third Person, that are sins against faith and may possibly result in hatred of God and even a pact with Satan. The six traditional sins are: (a) presumption of God's mercy; (b) despair; (c) resisting the known truth; (d) envy of another's spiritual good; (e) obstinacy in sin; (f) final impenitence. 2. The offense against the Paraclete referred to by Our Lord in the Gospels as the "sin against the Holy Spirit." Many authors have offered an interpretation as to what this sin is. The standard view is that the "unpardonable sin" against the Consoler is final impenitence, often caused by despair or presumption. Other writers have suggested that the unforgivable sin is any sin that one refuses to turn over to God for forgiveness.

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