Hello, I hope this is the proper place for my question. I am new to the forum & have only been “home” since 2006.
I have been troubled by something for several weeks but not sure if it is just me, always possible.
During one Friday of Lent, I was being tormented with a craving for some left over pulled pork in the refrigerator. It went on all day until I finally, willfully & with full knowledge of my disobedience, went and ate it. Then I felt horrible! I knew that I had committed a sin in my disobedience of the discipline.
Saturday, a week later, was my first opportunity for Confession. It troubled me quite a lot. I saw, what is know as our “contract” priest. I told him about it, including the willful etc part. He LAUGHED & told me not to worry. That sort of thing used to matter in the past but not any more. He went on for a few minutes in that vein while I was kind of flabbergasted. I went on to ask for advice re my uncle, who is dying, an openly proud, practicing gay man, who not only isnt Christian but intentionally denies Christ, and not out of ignorance. He told me not to worry, basically, that sort of thing used to matter but God is merciful & I shouldnt doubt my uncle will be ok. :eek:
Now I am so confused. He gave me absolution & I dont doubt that. I know in my heart that what he is telling me is error, but what do I do? Is there anything I can/should do? Do I ask my children not to go to him for confession if they have a choice? I havent said anything to anyone here (except my husband) because I dont want to defame or cause troubles for him. He is an elderly Irish man who has been doing God’s world in Asia for decades.
Any help? Even just a reassurance that I DID do wrong because I am convinced I did wrong in disobeying. :D:
Lisa in Korea