The Seventh Commandment says, “Thou shall not steal” but what does that mean? While the Catechism of the Catholic Church does admit of extraordinary circumstances where it can be moral to take another’s property (e.g., it’s not wrong to take an apple from someone’s orchard in order to feed someone who is starving), the essence of the seventh commandment is this: “It’s wrong to make something yours if it belongs to someone else.”
This goes far beyond the classic example of walking into a bank and saying “Stick 'em up!” Paragraph 2409 of the Catechism references the following sins against the seventh commandment:
- Stealing from employees by paying them less than what they’re work is worth.
- Stealing from employers by making...