Of Theft and Robbery

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Of Theft and Robbery

We must now consider the sins opposed to justice, whereby a man injures his neighbor in his belongings; namely theft and robbery.Under this head there are nine points of inquiry:

  1. Whether it is natural to man to possess external things?
  2. Whether it is lawful for a man to possess something as his own?
  3. Whether theft is the secret taking of another's property?
  4. Whether robbery is a species of sin distinct from theft?
  5. Whether every theft is a sin?
  6. Whether theft is a mortal sin?
  7. Whether it is lawful to thieve in a case of necessity?
  8. Whether every robbery is a mortal sin?
  9. Whether robbery is a more grievous sin than theft?