Hi CAF members,
Just how “near” and how “unnecessary” does an occasion of sin have to be, in order to require confession? Recently, I thoroughly read about the specific sexual content featured in a TV show. Reading about it started to bother me with images in my mind. I paused but chose to finish reading because, even though they bothered me, I do not usually consent to them. I don’t think I ended up fully consenting. Was it mortally sinful, then, to subject myself to words that I know will put images in my mind but only rarely or even sometimes lead to full consent? I didn’t absolutely have to keep reading, but I wanted to know if the content was that bad and frequent enough to avoid the show altogether. Was this a good enough reason to be in a near occasion (if it was near)?
I wanted to dismiss this as scruples, but it has been bothering me since last night. Also, while I think I’m scrupulous, no one has explicitly labeled me as one. The closest “diagnosis” I got was a confessor saying that I was bordering on scrupulosity. I also wonder if it should’ve been worth asking a nearby friend for a ride to confession today.