I’ve been surrounded lately by Catholic family members and friends who have told me surprising things from their confessions. What upsets me is that it seems many priests teach their own personal views instead of true Church doctrine.
Here are some examples:
While at confession recently, my sister said she confessed skipping mass on Sundays. The priest told her it is NOT a mortal sin, etc. Every other priest in our life has taught us it is a mortal sin. This priest went on to tell her that masturbation is not a sin either.
The most shocking thing was told to me by my friend yesterday. She stated that she went to confession ( to a different priest than my sister) before Easter. She confessed to using birth control. The priest asked if she was married and if she had any children. My friend responded that she is married and has 2 children. Then the priest stated that using birth control in her case is NOT a sin . He stated it is a sin for those having premarital sex or for those who are married and haven’t been open to having kids, but since she has had children and doesn’t want any more kids, it is fine to use birth control. He said “We can’t really go around in the church telling some people that it is wrong and some people that it is right, so we just uniformally say it is wrong.”
This really angered me. Isn’t it the responsibilty of a priest to always teach CORRECT church doctrine and not to interpret them how he wants or to teach parishoners his own personal views on a matter?
Now I am sure my friend will have no problem seeing how wrong it is to use birth control within a marriage.
Thanks for your opinions on this matter.