All the serius species and circumstances of impurity


#1

First of all, excuse my probable linguistic mistakes, but English is not my first language and I don’t live in a country of the Anglosphere. However…
I’m wondering which are all the possible species and circumstances of impure sin (Sixth and Ninth Commandments) which are obgectivly grave and must be specified. The answer is, in my opinion, not so simple.
For example:

If you watched or read obscene material, have you to specify what it exactly was (a movie, a cartoon, a novel)?

If you watched obscene material, have you to specify which sins was rapresented or simulated?

What about impure thoughts which don’t directly regards sexuality?

Have you to specify which species of impure acts you imagined to commit? And also which you only imagined but not imagined to commit?

These are just a few exaples of answers that you may ask about this issue.


#2

(I assume we’re talking about the context of confession?)

Optional. “I watched/read obscene material” is enough. If you want to say, “I watched a pornographic video clip and read some blasphemous comics,” you can do that too.

If you watched obscene material, have you to specify which sins was rapresented or simulated?

No, definitely not. Don’t put your priest through that.

What about impure thoughts which don’t directly regards sexuality?

I’m curious at to what kind of “impurity” doesn’t involve sex. If you’re referring to inappropriate anger or something, you might want to be more specific than impurity, i.e. “I had vengeful thoughts.” This may be a miscommunication issue.

Have you to specify which species of impure acts you imagined to commit? And also which you only imagined but not imagined to commit?

No. “I had impure thoughts about X” is enough.

I brought this question up with the priest who had to hear my confession of 30+ years of serious sins. Typically, the priest doesn’t want the intimate details, just the basics so that he knows what kind of acts he is absolving. Otherwise, there is a tendency to glorify the sins involved, to dwell on them and give them more power, rather than breaking the bonds they have already created.

I apologize if I misunderstood any of your questions or the context.


#3

Those should be confessed as immodest thoughts. God bless you.


#4

If they are “impure” would **not **use the term “immodest” to refer to that which is lustful/ impure. But I am not sure what the OP means there.


The OP can seek the assistance of the confessor with questions they may have about how to confess their sins. They are there to help.


#5

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