Hi all. I’m a little confused on the Church’s teaching on mortal sin and death. Theoretically, if you die in the state of mortal sin you go to Hell… What I’m really confused about is, if this is true, why aren’t more priests offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation? We have a new pastor and he has eliminated confession times on Wednesdays, Thursdays, AND Fridays. It is now ONLY being offered for an hour on Saturdays in a parish of 4,000 families! Not only that, but the parish still has the same number of overall priests.
I have not been able to go to confession for almost 2 months and I’m in the state of mortal sin. Normally, I would just go to confession after work on Wednesdays and receive absolution. Am I still bound to this teaching? This seems absurd… Especially when I have to drive much farther to a smaller parish now and hope (sometimes it’s not offered for whatever reason) that confessions are being heard. I am not receiving Communion right now and haven’t been for quite some time.
Thanks in advance for your responses and please be patient with me as I am not bashing the Church but need some guidance from educated individuals. The pastor says he needs “time for himself.” Understood… But only one day a week?