I lied about my age during confession. Is that a mortal sin?


#1

Hi
so yesterday i went to confession to confess the sin i always confess: masturbation... The priest was disappointed at me because i 'm always confessing this sin and he told me that if i was truly sorry of my sin then i wouldn't be committing such sin, or at least not every week but rather every 3 months or so. Then he asked me for my age... i'm ashamed of dealing with this sin at this age... i'm in my late 20's.. so i told him that i was one year younger.. did i commit a mortal sin?

thank you.


#2

Please get counseling from your pastor on the matter, or another priest if needed.


#3

Don’t sweat it! God is not only loving but has a sense of humor. There was a smile on his face when you told him that. It’s a small thing, but next time you go to confession, you might mention it. The priest in the confessional really could care less, or will Jesus in heaven, but it will make you feel better. God bless.


#4

I would say yes, because it seems that you committed the sin in full recognition of what you were doing.

However,

Talk to a Priest.

Or better still, visit Confession again and tell the Priest that you lied - you do not need to into any further detail, canon law only requires us to mention the type of sin and the number of times you committed it (if you can remember of course). You can never go to confession too much, go as often as you can, it’s a wonderful sacrament. If you are truly sorry for lying, then mention it in confession, and only by the grace and mercy of Our Blessed Our Jesus Christ, you may be absolved of all your sins.

Always bear this in mind; it is a grave sin to lie or omit confessing a sin in the confessional; you are also risking the validity/licity of your absolution. Why? Well, God knows what you have done, but you have refused to come before him in complete honesty and openness when seeking his mercy and forgiveness - keep that in mind in the future when going to confession.

Nonetheless, don’t worry - God loves you!
God Bless,
Deus, Salus Nostra :gopray2:

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#5

[quote="Moonbug, post:3, topic:337725"]
Don't sweat it! God is not only loving but has a sense of humor. There was a smile on his face when you told him that.

[/quote]

Yeah? God smiles whenever we lie, even over small things?

My own take would be that it was sinful to lie during confession but probably not grave matter and therefore not mortal.


#6

Oh, Fiddle-De-Dee! Aren’t we dealing with nothing more than a storm in a tea pot, here. This sweet old grandma wasn’t telling a calculated lie, she was merely dodging a perceived moment of shame she felt in the confessional. She had genuine, heart-felt sorrow for her sin, and she reacted on impulse because of her shame. You are looking at this with black and white eyesight. There are many shades of gray to sin.

Jesus took heat for the twelve apostles who plucked grain on the sabbath and for not washing their hands before eating, all sins against the “Old Law.”


#7

[quote="Moonbug, post:6, topic:337725"]
Oh, Fiddle-De-Dee! Aren't we dealing with nothing more than a storm in a tea pot, here. This sweet old grandma wasn't telling a calculated lie, she was merely dodging a perceived moment of shame she felt in the confessional. She had genuine, heart-felt sorrow for her sin, and she reacted on impulse because of her shame. You are looking at this with black and white eyesight. There are many shades of gray to sin.

Jesus took heat for the twelve apostles who plucked grain on the sabbath and for not washing their hands before eating, all sins against the "Old Law."

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What sweet old grandma? The OP is a guy in his twenties. :confused: Anyway, I agree with your thoughts on this. It was, at the least a very minor sin. One that he'll not have to confess and which will be forgiven when he next receives the Eucharist.

But the habitual sin he confessed, that's the real problem that needs to be dealt with. One must ask oneself why do I keep on doing this when I know it's grave sin? Being that it's habitual that does mitigate one's guilt, but it must be resolved. I think some professional counseling may be needed to deal with it--it sounds like it may be an addiction to porn or other such stimulus. So, dear OP, please seek help for that instead of obsessing over lying about being one year younger than you are. ;)


#8

Oops!!! I read this early this morning, stepped away and became busy with other things. When I came back to it, I forgot the age of this person. I'm old and forget things a lot.. I'll be more careful in the future. Sorry. :blush: :blush: :blush:


#9

:smiley: :tiphat:


#10

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