From a reader…
Do you consider it a sin of lying to sign a contract or an agreement stating that you will/have done something that you know you will/have not done?
In this case, you know the other party does not really care and that the clause is just for liability issues or some other legal non sense.
For example, saying you have read the terms of agreement for your credit card that are 35 pages in fine print. My gut is telling me it’s not a venial white sin lie but just a legal thing. A similar thing is causing a friend of mine stress.
I told the friend an agreement minor misstatement is not the same thing as a usual spoken white lie, so they were in the clear. Was that right to say?
GUEST PRIEST – also a lawyer – RESPONSE: (NAME KNOW TO ME)
See the issue of “adhesion contacts” – HERE
For such adhesion contracts, often used for consumer products, I don’t think there is a reasonable expectation that the consumer will or could read all the elements of the contract, and courts will render unenforceable excessive clauses for lack of a “meeting of the minds” with such contracts. With this in place, the expectation of the consumer shifts away from the need to read the entire contract in a true arms-length transaction of parties with equal negotiating power, and due to court precedence and oversight, and potential court intervention, signing such a contract isn’t a “lie” that you’ve read the whole contract, but that you agree to the contract in light of the underlying law in place applicable to adhesion contracts.
I hope that helps on that one point.