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Hello, I have a question about recieving communion after a certain sin. I've had an urge to masterbate since I was young. I've been doing good, I've even stopped having sex as well. I started to masterbate today and then made myself stop because I dont want to separate myself from Jesus by mortal sin. Can I recieve communion or should I go to confession first? Thank you.

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Miles, if in doubt, go to confession.  Compulsive masturbation is a problem no one wishes to discuss or even acknowledge.  If you feel you are unable to control yourself I recommend two things.  First, find an SAA chapter near you at SAA-recovery.org.  Second, you should continue to receive communion.  If you do not have full consent of the will, as is the case with addiction, including sexual addiction, it isnt a mortal sin.  But I advise you to ask your confessor for advice on this issues as well.

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I will answer questions regarding Catholic teachings and Catholic philosophy, including misconceptions and objections to the faith. I will usually recommend further reading, and I welcome follow-up questions.

In particular I welcome questions about:
-Scripture
-Mary & The Saints
-The Pope, Bishops, Priests, Monks & Nuns
-Vatican II
-Women in the Church
-Justification & Sanctification
-The last judgment, Purgatory, Heaven, Hell
-What the Catholic Church says about the "rapture" and the "millennium"
-Anti-catholics, esp. Jack Chick
-Angels & Devils
-The Eucharist (Holy Communion, Lord's Supper)
-The problem of evil
-The problem of divine foreknowledge, free will, and predestination
-Questions about love & sex, abortion, contraception, homosexuality, and other "HOT TOPICS."
-Questions about Church policy in regards to Catholic politicians in the United States.

I prefer not to be asked questions about canon law (the law of the church) especially with respect to marriage and annulments, or other personal questions of a spiritual nature. I can give you general answers, but I find that these questions are best asked by a priest or spiritual director. Your local pastor or diocese should be able to help you.

Restrictions: **Please ask one question at a time. Do not come to me with a laundry list of questions and expect me to answer them all together in one fell swoop. If I feel your question is less of a question and more of an attack, I may refuse to answer it.**

Guidelines for follow-ups:

When engaging in an extended discussion, I will respond to the specific points you make, and I expect you to do the same. If you are argumentative and ignore my points in order to make your own, I may decide to refuse to answer your question altogether.

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I was raised Southern Baptist and converted to Catholicism in 2003. I'm familiar with many the misconceptions of Catholicism. I also hold an MA in philosophy from Boston College. I have been on All Experts since 2001, when I was in high school, before I was Catholic. I will be reviewing my old answers and offering any corrections or further explanation when necessary.

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Knights of Columbus (both 3rd and 4th degree)

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BA, Philosophy & Religious Studies: Texas A&M University
MA, Philosophy: Boston College

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