Today my DH and I went to the TLM that we normally go to, and afterwards stopped at another local church because I was interested in hearing the homily. Boy, were we in for a shock!!
Instead of speaking about the Gospel, the priest answered questions that had been submitted earlier in the summer. One question was, have I committed a mortal sin if I am not a virgin when I marry? The priest started out with (to paraphrase), “There are three things that have to be present for a sin to to be mortal. Intent, willingness and knowledge. I have committed many sins in my life, some silly, some serious, but I HAVE NEVER COMMITTED A MORTAL SIN IN MY LIFE, AND I DOUBT THAT ANY OF YOU HAVE, EITHER!” Huh? You mean no one there has ever willingly and knowingly missed Mass, no one has ever been drunk or done drugs, no one has ever used artificial birth control, no one has ever blasphemed God, etc? I couldn’t believe my ears. He explained that mortal sin is a sin that separates one from God, so is he implying that it is next to impossible to be separated from God? He went on to say that fornication is wrong, but what about those couples who are engaged? He said he would talk about that another time if people were interested, leaving the distinct impression that maybe sex between engaged couples might be all right.
If mortal sin is so rare, and so few people ever commit mortal sin, why did our Lord have to die such a horrible death on the cross? I think it should be noted that this particular church has one scheduled confession each month for 45 minutes. I think I now know why.
I am seriously thinking of reporting this priest to our bishop. Am I over reacting?