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Two questions seem to be asked: 1) When can absolution be anticipated to actual confession?, and 2) What happens if the "postponed" confession does not come to pass? In regards to when our sins are forgiven in anticipation to confession, The Church teaches that this should happen only in cases of physical or moral impossibility (CCC 1484, in part): ...


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Ah confession. One of the seven sacraments in Roman Catholicism. Is it required? No. Can it help? Yes. If confessing to your pastor or priest helps you form a stronger relationship with Christ then go for it. Just make sure you remember who is doing the forgiving, not the pastor or priest but the one who died on the cross for the weakest of us. Thats just ...


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My Catholic friend answers this question thus: A non Catholic can enter the confessional to talk to the priest in private. However, to infer in any way that it is a "confession" is sacriliege to the sacrament. Basic theology, matter form and intention. Being a believing Catholic is a requirement for the sacrament, nothing wrong with having a ...


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As Gregory says [Isidore, Etym. vi, ch. 19], "a sacrament consists in a solemn act, whereby something is so done that we understand it to signify the holiness which it confers." (source). In order for a sacrament to be valid, all the following are necessary: proper matter (e.g., unleavened bread for the Eucharist, water for baptism, etc.) proper form ...



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