I just got back from Confession before the Easter Vigil later this evening, and now I’m already concerned of having committed mortal sin. Let me explain.
Here in Germany, we have a law that prohibits minors (under 18) from staying out longer than midnight. If they want to stay somewhere public longer than that, the parents must sign a form that appoints a person to supervise the minor.
Now, my brother is going to an Easter bonfire tonight with friends (Do you have those where you live?), and they’re obviously planning to stay longer than midnight. The problem is this: He forgot to ask my parents to sign the form. When he wanted to leave, our parents weren’t there. So, he phoned them and asked what to do. Dad told him to have me sign the form for them.
So, I signed in their name, putting down their details and a signature. I’m confused now whether this is mortal sin. All the more because I haven’t been taking Communion for weeks, and since it’s the last day of Lent, I wanted to go to confession to be able to receive at Easter Vigil. My thoughts are these, and I hope you’ll see why I’m confused.
Why I think it could be mortal sin
– I signed a form that requires the signature of someone who is legally responsible for the minor. My parents are, but I am not. Faking a signature constitutes lying to the state, Urkundenfälschung in German.
Why I think it might not be mortal sin
– The signature was authorised by my parents, so I’m acting as their deputy. It is still not their signature, though, and if the police prompted them to show their ID or sign for comparison (which is within their rights) it would be obvious that the signature on the form was not theirs.
Can someone help out?