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The Catholic Catechism tells us that though sin is a "personal act", we are nonetheless responsible for sins committed by others when we "cooperate in them: by participating directly and voluntarily in them; by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them; by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so; by protecting evildoers." Personal sin thus gives rise to what the Church calls "structures of sin." (13) These include social situations and institutions that are "contrary to divine goodness" (14) From what we know of sin and its deadly effects it should be clear that we need to avoid all sin--even the smallest-though this is not entirely possible in this life.
The indulgences offered by the medieval Catholic church did not in themselves offer forgiveness for sins. Forgiveness was given after a person had made a full and contrite confession of their sin, repenting of it.
"Public-ity" was considered an essential part of penance for sins by the third century.