=js_cat3391;10425508]I went to a priest that told me masturbation was not a mortal sin after I confessed it, and he absolved me.
I thought the priest had to do what the church intended. how can he forgive something if he does not believe what the church teaches?
What if I had been to other priests since then, would those confessions have overwritten that one and I had been forgiven?
Should you ask a new priest you never been to before, if he believes all the church teaches and intends to do as the church does in the sacrament?
Don't be too quick to doubt what YOUR priest said.
The degree of culpability CAN vary so that habit MIGHT [not always] lesson the degree of guilt. Making that determination is WHAT Priest ARE trained to do. WHEN in doubt ASK for a clarification. Are you aware of the conditions that MUST exist for something to be a Mortal sin? FREEWILL w/o conditions attached is one of them. The Priest and God ARE on your side.
Masturbation is NORMALLY a Mortal sin; but conditions MIGHT:shrug: exist to alter that. ASK my friend: WHY?:) The priest is acting on behalf of God:
John 20:19-23 **
" Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.  Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.** Amen!