What are the four sins that cry to heaven for vengeance?
1867 – The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel,139 the sin of the Sodomites,140 the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt,141 the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan,142 injustice to the wage earner.143
139 – Cf. Gen 4:10.
140 – Cf. Gen 18:20; 19:13.
141 – Cf. Ex 3:7-10.
142 – Cf. Ex 20:20-22.
Catechism of St Pius X
8 – Q. Which are the sins that are said to cry to God for vengeance?
- The sins that are said to cry to God for vengeance are these four: (1) Willful murder; (2) The sin of sodomy; (3) Oppression of the poor; (4) Defrauding labourers of their wages.
9 – Q. Why are these sins said to cry to God for vengeance?
- These sins are said to cry to God for vengeance because the Holy Ghost says so, and because their iniquity is so great and so manifest that it provokes God to punish them with the severest chastisements.