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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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"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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I am a priest who deals mostly with children. At schools, camps, and youth events we have penance services or just plain opportunities for confession. Quite a few non-catholics often come to confession. First, it is unlikely that any of the young people who come have done anything serious. It is mostly the usual childhood faults. If it becomes obvious that ...


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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.18—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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For a sacrament to be valid, the matter and form ought to be performed according to the proper ritual, along with the due intention on the part of the minister of the sacrament. The Church teaches very unequivocally that for the valid conferring of the sacraments, the minister must have the intention of doing at least what the Church does. This is laid down ...


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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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A penitent should not go into any more details than absolutely necessary to reveal the sin. Confessors prefer that penitents get to the point and don't tell elaborate stories or be loquacious. If they need details or more context to assess the gravity of the sin, they will ask you. For example, if you confess "I killed a man.", it would be necessary to know ...


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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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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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As far as I know, what makes a confession sacramental, so that the seal of the confessional applies to it, is that the penitent asks the priest for absolution. Even if the priest refuses absolution, he is still prohibited from revealing what he heard in that confession. Purple stoles, lines, and green and red lights are often involved, but I don't think the ...


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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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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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