I need to know if what I did was a mortal sin or not, because my conscience is not leaving me in peace about it until I figure out whether it is or not. Here’s what happened;
I was sitting with some mentally impaired seniors at a senior living facility watching an older movie with them. My shift then ended, and I had to leave to go home, but I realized that this movie had some potentially impure stuff in it (i.e. scantily clad ladies, but not doing anything sexual) which I would expose to these seniors should I leave it on.
I considered turning the TV off entirely, but realized that some seniors were here to watch the TV originally, and might get irritated if I did that. Then I considered changing the channel, but I did not know any good channels to turn to (the “guide” function on the remote wasn’t working). I then began considering whether it would be okay to just leave the show on. I thought, “I need to consider this carefully because this could be material for a mortal sin if I just leave the show on” and then I thought, “But I don’t have time, I have to go home right now”.
In the end, I just left the show on more out of an impulse decision as I was stressed about getting home in good time, thinking “Well, they didn’t do anything sexual and the scantily clad bits were very few and far between; also, the show looks like it’s almost done so there can’t be much risk of impurity”. However, all the way down to my car my conscience was bugging me to stop and think about if what I was doing was bad and to go back upstairs and change the channel, but I just kept thinking about getting home and that “it’s too late now, I can’t go back; I’ve made my decision, and besides I’ll just look stupid going all the way upstairs to change the channel on the TV”.
Ever since then I can’t stop obsessing over whether or not I committed a mortal sin. I plan to go to confession and mass tomorrow to confess it, but I don’t know if it’s mortal or not. Please help me figure this out!