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Presuming it is a valid confession with the right intention, forgetfulness of the priest is no basis for thinking one's sins are not forgiven. The Catechism does not speak directly to a priest forgetting to give absolution, but there are several statements that would make one think forgetfulness does not determine a failure to receive forgiveness for sin. ...


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There is no requirement for a man to say anything for the repentant to receive absolution. It is God who forgives sin (Isaiah 43:25-26) when it is confessed (1 John 1:9) by the repentant person (Acts 3:19) who acts in forgiveness toward others (Mark 11:25) by the power of Christ's blood and grace (Ephesians 1:7, Matthew 26:28) whereby the sin is removed ...


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In order to answer your question fully well, first we need to understand what gives absolution to a sinner who confesses. The sins of a confessor will not be absolved simply by stating the them. In order to achieve absolution either perfect contrition or partial contrition (also known as attrition) is required. Contrition is sincere and complete remorse for ...


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The poser of the question's understanding is that there are sacramental and non-sacramental confessions. This post aims to answer by starting with the definition of the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance and proceeding with an explanation of the process of Going to Confession. I believe with that, a clear understanding will emerge. Penny Catechism, 112 ...


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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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