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42. Sedition

1. Sedition, strictly understood, is the uprising of part of apeople against another; it is also the stir and effort ofindividuals and groups to make one part of a people rise againstanother. Sedition is opposed to the unity and peace of a people,which is a special good; hence, sedition is a special sin. It is,therefore, a sin distinct from war, fighting, discord,contention.

2. In its genus or essential kind, sedition is a mortal sin, forit involves a grievous offense against law and the common good. Theleaders of a sedition are the most guilty, and, after them, with alesser degree of guilt, come the people who are led to thedisturbing of the common good.

"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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