I have been watching tv shows and movies that oftentimes has some mild sexual references, occasionally not-so-mild (not very often). For example: one is a cop show called Castle. I’ve been watching it for a while and until somewhat recently I did not consider the sexual references much of a problem. Sometimes they caused some impure thoughts but I never consented to them. However, I have been starting to think that these references have had more of an effect on me than I previously realized, (again even though I do not consent to the impure thoughts) and I’ve been thinking that I should probably stop watching the show.
I did watch it again though, thinking that there may not be any sexual references in the latest show at all, because some episodes don’t have any, but I wasn’t sure that this one didn’t. I also thought, “the sexual references really aren’t that bad anyway, I’m probably just being scrupulous”(or something to that effect). After watching the show, which, it turns out, didn’t really contain any sexual references, I wasn’t sure if it was a mortal sin or not (although I leaned toward not, because I never consented to any impure thoughts) but I brought it to confession anyway.
Before I went into the confessional I thought about the small quantity of movies and tv shows that I would be able to watch if I didn’t watch anything with any sexual reference at all. I was ok with that, but what I struggled with was the fact that I would have to tell people about this in certain situations. If I went to a sleep-over at a friend’s house, I would most likely have to tell them about my problems with these movies/tv shows so that we wouldn’t watch any. That would be embarrassing. As a result I was only able to make a weak resolution (not firm) to not watch those kind of shows at sleep-overs, and say something if necessary.
First question: Was watching that tv show a mortal sin?
Second question: Was my confession invalid because I only made a weak resolution to avoid the movies/tv shows in social situations?