I know they don’t call it Confession any more. When I was a good Catholic girl in the 1950’s & '60’s I wasn’t so good that I refrained from pleasuring myself even though I knew it was a mortal sin and that if I was hit by a bus after I did it but before I went to Confession, I would go straight to hell. It just felt too good.
It was VERY traumatic for a little girl (say… age 10) to kneel in the darkness of the confessional and tell a middle-aged priest that I had “done something I didn’t want my mother to see”-- I didn’t know the correct term and also didn’t know any euphemisms. I DREADED those confessions, but I had to do it, because of the bus-hell connection.
There is more awareness of the intransigence of old-timey Catholic doctrine these days, e.g., that every voluntary ejaculation MUST have procreation at its intent. In my day, that included any voluntary sexual pleasure with or without orgasm, even for a little girl.
Is this still taught? Or are all those poor bastards who died unshriven after masturbation still frying in hell next to the hapless fools who ate meat on Friday before the Pope said it was okay?
But seriously, are Catholics (adults and children) still expected to confess masturbation?
Aside: I heard an interview with cartoonist Lynda Barry one time, and she said she was very shocked as a child to find out that masturbation was a mortal sin. She enjoyed it way too much to give up, so after some thought, she made a deal with God. She said she would not stop masturbating, but for the rest of her life, if she saw a beetle struggling on its back, she would turn it right side up.
MODERATOR NOTE: This thread is from March 2012, until revived in Post #13 in March 2014 – CKDH