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There are indeed some sins which cause excommunication simply by being committed. Such excommunications are called latae sententiae excommunications (in Latin, more or less, "[excommunications] of a hidden sentence"). Acts which can incur such an excommunication include: a physical assault against a bishop or the Pope; procurement of an abortion; ...


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I'm going to disagree slightly with Andrew Leach on this one. As far as excommunication: since you obviously weren't a member of the Church at the time, excommunication is obviously impossible. The information Andrew gives on excommunication for abortion is valuable, though; you should certainly be aware of just how seriously the Church takes this action. ...


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"Seeking moral advice" is not a confession, and so would not be subject to the strict seal of the confessional. However, if there is no need for the priest to divulge anything, then I would certainly expect something said in confidence to be kept confidential. To give a concrete example: If moral advice was sought as part of a sacramental confession, then ...


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This would depend upon a couple of things: 1) Which faith tradition are you speaking within? If you are within the Catholic (Roman and Eastern Branches), Orthodox, or Anglican Churches, then you need to confess this sin within the sacramental forum provided by your faith. If you aren't within the Catholic Church, but are within the Orthodox or Anglican ...


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cf. Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI Indulgentiatum Doctrina NORMS n.18β€”To the faithful in danger of death who cannot be assisted by a priest to bring them the sacraments and impart the apostolic blessing with its attendant plenary indulgence (according to canon 468, para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law) Holy Mother Church nevertheless grants a ...


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The reason you don't see "penance" in the Bible is because of a difference in translation: Matthew 3:2 in the English Standard Version, popular among protestants, says: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:2 in the Douay-Rheims, an English translation of the Latin Vulgate and primarily used by Catholics, says: "Do penance: for the ...


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While having a sinful desire is not a sin by itself, to willingly dwell in such desires, however β€” by means of imagination, which amounts to actively listen to the Devil β€” is a sin. For instance, if you see an object of desire, and immediately are tempted to sin, there is no sin in this: but if you then indulge in imagining the sinful act, then it is a sin, ...


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"Ideations" in the question "Can having 'ideations' to sin ever be mortally sinful?" could mean "passions of the soul," which are causes of sin. Now, can a sin committed through passion ever be mortal? St. Thomas Aquinas explains (Summa Theologica I-II q. 77 a. 8 c.): Mortal sin, as stated above (q. 72, a. 5), consists in turning away from our last end ...


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I asked a similar question here and the answer is no. If you're baptized, your sins are forgiven, if you die you go straight to heaven. Priests will often remind their congregations of this tonight and make us all jealous.


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Cf. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) | usccb.org Q. For who is the RCIA? A. RCIA is for the uncatechized candidates both baptized and unbaptized for the purpose of bringing them into full communion with the Catholic Church. Q. Are baptized but uncatechized candidates for reception into the full communion of the Roman Catholic Church ...


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It is a sin of the gravest seriousness, and results in excommunication by virtue of committing the act (this is what latae sententiae means: one does not have to be declared excommunicated; procuring an abortion procures excommunication). It must be confessed. As the excommunication is not reserved to the Apostolic See, any priest with the faculty to remit ...


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I'll try to answer this from a Catholic perspective. In the situation you described, even if A confesses his sin to a priest, he's still two steps short of being forgiven. Both steps involve the fact that supernatural contrition for one's sins is a necessary part of the sacrament of penance (or, in modernist language, the sacrament of reconciliation). ...


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Actually you got it wrong as alot do... No it is not confess to a priest and you're done... You dont even need a priest to do it..! It is something I believe is totally wrong that got spread widely through the last centuries..! You could just pray for god and ask him for mercy and forgivness but you really have to mean it...! Also not to make the same sin ...



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