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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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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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