The SEC charging Goldman with securities fraud is like the Vatican charging a priest with venial sin.
It is at most an evil thought, a venial sin, which does not endanger the loss of body or of soul.
O quiet paths of algebra, you are my excuse for this venial sin!
Although he had not completed his studies, he frequently showed the difference between a mortal and a venial sin of thought.
This is a lover's most stoical virtue, as the lack of it is a lover's most venial sin.
What is a venial sin against nature, what a mortal sin against nature?
That which was a venial sin, they told me was no sin at all; of that which was most grievously mortal, they said it was venial.
A few minutes of such intense suffering might atone for more than one venial sin.
In damning others, there may be disorder enough to constitute a venial sin, without any greater malice.
Intercourse outside the animal end of marriage was indeed a sin, but it became merely a venial sin.