[quote=Karen Anne]…the priest gives advice, and the person being counseled follows the advice because they believe the priest and God would agree on the situation, then that person dies and it turns out the advice was not correct after all, what happens to that person? Can they still go to heaven? Who is responsible in a situation like this - the priest and/or the person seeking counsel?
If a person has been given advice by a priest that she suspects may not be correct, I would suggest the person pick up a copy of the Catechism and investigate Church teachings further on the matter. Priests sometimes give bad advice, and sometimes even condone serious sins.
Priests will have to answer to God if they lead anyone astray. But some laws of God are written on the heart. If a priest tells someone something is okay that she know in her heart is wrong, and she does it, I honestly don’t know how God will judge her. As Lillith says, God judges the heart. And He places His laws in our human heart so we will know them.
You say you have been struggling with something and getting different answers and input. If any of those say that this issue is a mortal sin, investigate Church teachings further on the matter. I hope you have recieved good counsel from your priest, but I know not all priests give good counsel. And remember to pray for priests.