[quote="Trela, post:1, topic:288680"]
Hi. I'm not new, I have a different account here at CAF but i created another specifically to ask these questions. I'm to ashamed to ask on my other :(
I'm planning on going to confession soon, and I have many mortal sins on my soul. I wanted to clear up whether i would have to confess them.
1) I've missed mass even when i had the opportunity to attend. Yes in terms of Sunday or Holy Days of obligation--and confess how many times
2) I've taken the Eucharist while in a state of mortal sin.Yes confess that and how many times
3) I've masturbated. Do I have to be specific here? As to how often or how many times? Honestly, too many to count :( can I just say that? One is to confess all mortal sins in number and kind and circumstance that changes the nature of the sin such as "it was my brother I murdered".
I accuse myself of "Masturbation 2x" there are some other words one can choose but the Priest needs to know what it is not just a general term like "impurity" and the number is according to what you know after you examine -- so if you now it was 5x you must say that-- if you know only that it was around 8-12 times one says that, if one knows it was "at least 20 but likely more" one says that...if one knows it was 2-3 times a month for the last 10 years one says that...sometimes one only knows it was many times or a few times...we are to confess the number --but may approximate according to what we know if we do not know the number.
4) I've watched pornography. Do I also have to be specific here? As to what kind? Because I've watched straight porn along with gay porn. Do I have to mention both?
The Priest has heard it all....do not give unnecessary details though. As to this question -- not sure what to say exactly --but the Priest can guide you (though I will add if a person was having homosexual thoughts or engaging things from that aspect that seems to be something mention--the Priest can guide you.)
Thank you. To be clear, I'm not trolling or anything. I'm being completely serious and I know i can always come here for answers and prayers.
Thank you all.
From Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers jimmyakin.com/2007/03/specific_confes.html
(also note from the Catechism etc what a mortal sin is..and if something is doubtful --one mentions that aspect if one confesses it)
(and note too venial sins need not be confessed or in number if they are..I note this for general info)