Ok… this may be long, so don’t say that I didn’t give fair warning…
Last October (late) or early November, I was assigned a penance to (if I could find it) read what I later found out to be a heretical book (one of those Rick Warren “Purpose Driven” drivel books). I couldn’t find it at the time, but I’ve seen the particular book at a few of my local stores the past couple of months. At the time I accepted the penance (although I don’t remember being asked if I could fufill the penance at the time… I thought the priest was supposed to make sure that it could be completed before it was assigned) I was unaware of how non-Catholic this book was (I also was pretty uneducated in my faith at the time… thanks be to God that’s in the process of changing).
I have heard that refusal to complete a penance is an additional sin, and since I haven’t confessed that at all in the past 6 or so months, every single confession and reception of the Eucharist could be sacreligious since I’ve been in a state of mortal sin, and piling up each time I thought I was making a good and complete confession!
So, what to do? First off, is refusal to do this penance (seeing how contrary to the faith those books are) a mortal sin? Secondly, if it is, do I need to do a general confession starting back from 6 months ago, plus add on the numerous times I’ve both confessed and received unworthily? I’m really in a state of panic over this!!! I would rather not go back to the priest who assigned this penance in the first place, as this is not his only… unconventional penance I’ve ever been assigned. My regular confessor is out of town until Friday… so I can’t ask him until then, and I’ll REALLY be in a state of panic if I have to wait for an answer until then.
Thanks in advance for everyones answers!