A couple of people have posted other topics concerning confession, but I haven’t seen any direct answer to the following question:
Let’s say that I’m a repeat mortal sin offender. Let’s say I’m a kleptomaniac. Let’s say I’ve been addicted to pornography since age 12. You pick the repeated mortal sin. So, on a Sunday afternoon, I steal something or I watch pornography – whatever. I detest the sin, I feel very upset that I’ve wounded by relationship with God, and I say multiple Acts of Contrition. The next available confession at the parish is on Tuesday afternoon. I go to confession, right? Right. However, the following Sunday I unfortunately commit the same sin despite by earnestness beforehand not to. Rinse, and repeat cycle, it seems.
If this is my habit, am I abusing the sacrament of reconciliation?
I would venture and say that I’m not because I’m approaching the confessional with a sincere attitude of contrition and amendment. I’m almost obligated as a Christian to confess my sins or else I risk hell. Even if I don’t display the signs of perfect contrition, if I fear hell, then this is enough reason to confess my offenses. However, all I’m effectively getting out of going to confession each time I commit a serious, grave offense such as what my habits dictate is a momentarily cleansed soul and a free pass to communion. (And serious attempts at amendment are made.)
This is where I become confused. Is my mortal sin not a mortal sin but only a serious, disordered offense? Must I make confession so frequently? Am I still allowed to accept communion in such a state?