I just went to confession today and the priest gave me advice in the confessional that I am conflicted about. I know that during the Sacrament of Reconciliation the confessor is an "alter Christus" and that we should listen to his words with the same attention we would give to the Lord. However, what if the priest gives advice that from one's knowledge is contrary to the teachings of the Church?
The difficulty I ran into today is that I confessed that I committed a sin, one which the Church teaches is always mortally sinful, and yet *the priest told me that should I commit this sin again in the future that I need not worry so much about whether I can get to confession before receiving the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. He said that I should simply try to make a good act of contrition with the intention on going to confession, but if I do not make it to confession before going to Mass that I should still receive the Lord. *
This is all contrary to what the Church teaches from my understanding of what is stated in the Catechism. I do not want to obey the priest in this matter, but I also do not want to disobey the priest either and thus sin. I did not question the priest about this apparent conflict between his advice and Church teaching during confession as it seemed inappropriate for me to do so.
Basically what I'm asking is this: it seems to me that I should obey the Church over obeying one priest who may have given me poor advice in the confessional, but I do not want to sin by disobeying the priest. Am I sinning if I choose to disobey the priest's advice in the future and not receive the Holy Eucharist if I suspect/know I have committed a mortal sin?
I appreciate any insights the good people on CAF might be able to give me on this matter. Especially any priests or religious that may be on the discussion forums. Thank you.