(Urgent) Confession help
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(04-14-2017, 10:52 AM)Chelsea5 Wrote: Do I have to confess impure homosexual thoughts or even homosexual thoughts? :(

Impure thoughts are considered by several reputable moral theologians as the same kind of sin, no matter what you were thinking about. That's because what's sinful in an impure thought is taking joy in thinking and considering an thing which it is not illicit for you to consider. "What" that thing is doesn't change the kind of sin. Thus you can just say "impure thoughts" in the confessional.

You might add "without any actions or desire to commit other impure acts" so the priest understands clearly. Because people are often ashamed of these kinds of sins, they often will say "impure thoughts" when they mean much more, so a priest may ask if you don't let him know it was not more than thoughts.

n.b. You should consider yourself having committed this sin only when you deliberately and consciously fostered or continued to think about something impure after realizing that it was. Otherwise, you will feed your scruples. Temptation is not sin. Realizing a bad image has come into your head and trying to push it out is virtuous, not sinful.

Now, if you actually desired some impure action, "what" matters. If you had a desire to commit a homosexual act, that's different than a heterosexual. If you desired fornication, that's different from an unnatural sin.

So if you have a sinful impure desire, you need to confess what you desired.
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(Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-14-2017, 02:15 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by In His Love - 04-14-2017, 03:14 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MichaelNZ - 04-14-2017, 04:51 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-14-2017, 08:39 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Melkite - 04-14-2017, 09:12 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by GangGreen - 04-14-2017, 09:54 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-14-2017, 10:52 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MagisterMusicae - 04-14-2017, 12:28 PM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-15-2017, 01:05 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by In His Love - 04-15-2017, 01:32 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Miriam_M - 04-15-2017, 02:18 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MichaelNZ - 04-15-2017, 03:59 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MagisterMusicae - 04-15-2017, 08:56 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-16-2017, 06:03 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by In His Love - 04-16-2017, 06:36 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-17-2017, 06:09 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MagisterMusicae - 04-18-2017, 08:20 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Panum - 04-18-2017, 05:00 PM



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