Just wondering if anyone could clarify the following:
Is it a mortal sin not to trust the advice a priest gives you in confession. (I know that this is part of my scrupolosity and in order to get over it I have to learn to trust my confessor).
However, I started to double check some advice he gave me on the internet. I was looking at a very black and white point of view and didn’t trust his judgement. However, on reflection, I think that his advice was actually good.
Did I commit a mortal sin by checking up on the information he gave me and by doubting him.
Also, I’m not sure, but I may have had an inkling that it was wrong to be thinking this way, I didn’t think in my mind that it was a mortal sin.
I know that if you think that you are committing a mortal sin or that you are not sure if it’s a mortal sin and do it anyhow, it becomes a mortal sin automatically.
But in this case, I may have had an inkling that I shouldn’t be doing this (I can’t remember what my exact thoughts were at the time), but while I may have reflected on the wrongdoing, I didn’t reflect on the fact that it was mortally sinful.
Many people have told me that in order to commit a mortal sin you have to know that it is grave matter, not just that it’s sinful. i.e., you have to understand the gravity as well as the sinfulness of the matter.
I’ve also heard that if you know that something is sinful at all and do it willingly (without necessarily thinking that it’s grave), that if the action actually is grave, it becomes a mortal sin.