I am a young Roman Catholic man. I have known in this forum that masturbation is a mortal sin. I also refer to some Catholic websites and I found the same answer that it is indeed a mortal sin.
However, when I confessed to my parish priest this week that I have committed masturbation, he told me that it is not a mortal sin. He told that it is only a venial sin, but it leads to mortal sin. I told him that some Catholic websites states that masturbation is indeed a mortal sin. but he said those people who said that are conservative.
I also heard from previous priests saying that masturbation is a venial sin.
I am now confused because I don’t know where to go. will I go to the teaching of my confessor or will I go to the teachings of some Catholic websites?
I hope you can enlighten me in this matter. thanks…