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Questions tagged [confession]

Sacrament of Penance and confession of sins in general.

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Is my confession valid if I didn't say the Act of Contrition?

I shared my confession with the priest. He told me not to bother with the Act of Contrition. There was one typed always on the table. I turned to look at it, it wasn't there. I could have said it ...
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Does a Catholic have recourse if a priest gives a ridiculously harsh or impossible penance?

Say that a person went to confession and confessed a sin, and the priest gives a ridiculously harsh penance (e.g. row across the Atlantic Ocean), or even an impossible penance (fly to the moon). If ...
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Better safe than sorry? Should you confess if you're not sure if you've committed a sin?

I’m guessing if you aren’t sure if you have committed a sin it is better to confess anyways than to be stuck in hell forever? Is there anything wrong with wrongly confessing or is it OK?
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How does one go to Confession before receiving the Eucharist if I am not Catholic?

So, I want to become a Catholic and so from what I have gathered, just go through the Eucharist. However I am pretty sure I have committed a few mortal sins and so cannot go through the Eucharist. ...
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Why are many Protestant Churches not practicing Confession?

Recently, I come to know that Lutheran Church practice Confession, though there is some difference in theology on it compared to the Roman Catholic Church. As a man brought up in a place where ...
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Can a person be forgiven outside of confession? (Catholic)

As a follow up to this question I'd like to ask if a person, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, can obtain God's forgiveness outside of the sacrament of confession. I would imagine Protestants would ...
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Lords Prayer. Asking for Forgiveness

For those who beleive in the doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS). How does one reconcile our need to not only confess our sins, but to ask God for forgiveness for those sins? Forgive us ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Eastern Orthodox concept of Aerial toll houses?

I heard about the Eastern Orthodox 'Toll Booth' concept a few days ago. It goes something like this: After death you go through 20 toll booths manned by demons who ask specific questions about your ...
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Does the seal of confession extend to bystanders?

A Catholic priest cannot reveal what someone has told him in confession. If he does reveal it, he will be defrocked and punished. If a different Catholic than the priest unintentionally overheard the ...
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Why do Catholics have to go to regular confession to have their sins forgiven if they pray The Lord's Prayer and ask for forgiveness daily?

This question is more for Catholics I suppose. The Lord's Prayer is a prayer that should be prayed daily i.e. "Give us this day our daily bread". Why do Catholics have to go to regular confession to ...
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Do Catholics subscribe to the “once saved, always saved” doctrine that many evangelical Christians believe in?

Many evangelical Christians say that once a person has accepted Jesus as their Savior and repented of their sins they have formed a bond between their soul and the Lord that is unbreakable. Do ...
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Are all confessions protected from being used in criminal court as evidence against someone?

Catholic doctrine and law prohibit a Catholic priest from testifying in criminal court against someone, solely on the basis of a 'heard' confession: there is never an instance when a priest can ...
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What is the process of removing an automatic excommunication?

If a baptised Catholic committed sins which would have excommunicated him from the Church, what would be the method for getting back? Receiving communion would not be allowed without reconciliation. ...
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Does the Seal of Confession include saying whether or not a person confessed to them?

The Seal of Confession is the duty of Catholic priests to not disclose anything they hear from someone who comes to them for confession. Does this include disclosing whether or not someone has seen ...
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

Most Protestants recognise only two sacraments, saying something like this (from the Anglican 39 Articles): There are two sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, ...
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If God only forgives our sins at the Sacrament of Penance, why do ask forgivness in prayer? [duplicate]

In Catholicism and Orthodoxy, forgiveness of sins is only attained at the Sacrament of Penance. What then is the role to pray that God would forgive us our sins? Why pray Our Father, or ask of this at ...
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If a Catholic priest absolves my sins without taking a confession, does it still count?

This is a question about Catholicism, specifically Confession. I intended to go to confession with my priest, but he was running late since Confession was just before Mass, and he told me to come ...
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Is a confession valid if I only voice the sins I'm comfortable sharing and confess the rest in my heart to God?

So my wife is Catholic and my daughter has been baptized in the Catholic faith and my new born son is soon to be baptized as well. I was baptized myself but I've fallen away from my Baptist roots for ...
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If a priest makes a major mistake during confession, can they later talk to the person to correct themselves?

Say that a person comes to confession and the priest gives bad advice or otherwise makes a major mistake during confession. To give a very clear example, say that a confession went like this: ...
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Would a confession be valid if the priest and penitent can't speak the same language? [duplicate]

Say that a person wanted to undergo the sacrament of confession, but the only priest available did not understand any language that the person spoke. Would that be a valid confession? Or do they need ...
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About praying for the dead and anointing of the sick

If a someone is dying you give him the anointing of the sick in the catholic church and all his sins are forgiven. Let's assume a person X dies in a mortal sin like skipping mass. Or any mortal that ...
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Does a Roman Catholic priest have to intellectually understand a confession in order to grant absolution?

The concept of confessing a sin, seams to imply that the person has to subjectively believe they have sinned—otherwise how could they confess? According to Roman Catholic doctrine, does the ...
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Can a priest act on a confession of molestation?

What, if any, ability does a priest or bishop have to stop a brother priest who has confessed to molestation of minors, according to Cannon Law? Very often I hear, and am personally aware of local ...
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Can an Orthodox Christian of one diocese receive sacraments at a coterminous one, e.g. a Greek Orthodox at an OCA parish?

I'm presently a confirmed Catholic but am considering conversion to the Orthodoxy. Something I understand of it is that there is no single diocese in America, but multiple overlapping ones for ...
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How has Roman Catholic Confession changed throughout the centuries?

Currently, the common practice of confession in the U.S. is... A person completes an examination of conscious, tells the priest how long it has been since their last confession, then they make their ...
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Is the resolution not to sin again a must for absolution?

A Catholic is supposed to resolve not to sin again and also to express his/her resolution at the time of confession in order to seek absolution from sins already committed by him/her. I wish to know ...
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To whom does Pope Francis confess?

So, Popes sin too. (At least, I assume they do.) Presumably, they confess their sin and do penance. Who hears his confession? Is it an office that rotates, or one individual? And, does the Pope ...
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The history of the Confession sacrament

Recently I had a small discussion with some of my catholic friends: some of them refuse the idea that the Confession act, as it is known in present day - as the acknowledgment of one's sins given in ...
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Variances in the sacrament of confession

What are the different viewpoints between Anglicans, Orthodox churches and the Roman Church over the sacrament of Confession. Of course Roman Catholics must confess mortal sins to priest to be ...
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Are Catholic priests allowed by church law to provide professional counseling and referrals to penitents who come to them to confess?

Let us say we have a priest, who is a licensed psychiatrist as well. A devout Catholic confesses their sins to said priest. The Catholic person chats with the priest, and priest asks follow-up ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does abortion need to be confessed, and is it a mortal or venial sin?

I am not Catholic yet, but am attending RCIA and my first confession is next week. I had an abortion years ago. According to the official teaching of the Catholic Church: Do I have to confess this? ...
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What is the Catholic/Anglican understanding of how the Sacrament of Reconciliation began?

How did the Sacrament of Reconciliation begin? I have tried to find this answer but can not trust Wikipedia and do not need any more answers for when it came to be.
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Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession?

I recently spoke to one of my (catholic) highschool teachers who was then not a priest but is now a priest. We were talking, and he mentioned he knew one of my professors during my graduate studies. ...
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When is the first documented case of making a confession to a priest?

When is the first documented case of a Christian making a confession of his sin to the priest/bishop/elder with a purpose of having it remitted?
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Were the indulgences in the Catholic Church always to be followed by Confession?

Wikipedia's article on indulgences says that indulgences in the Catholic Church, especially prior to Reformation, were granting people only the remission of punishment, but not the remission of guilt. ...
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Does the priest have the power to forgive sins?

John 20:22-23 (KJV) 22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and ...
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Is Lutheran confession necessary for salvation? [duplicate]

From what I understand... Although there are major differences, Lutheran confession and Catholic confession are similar. Catholicism teaches that one must confess mortal sin in order to be restored ...
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Can an uncatecized but baptized Catholic receive absolution from a priest?

I'm a baptized Catholic but I have not been confirmed. I've gone to mass on and off for a couple of years but I have not compled RCIA or any instruction. I fall under the category of baptized ...
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Is Holy Absolution necessary in the Lutheran Church?

I know that Lutherans, as the Roman Catholics, practice private absolution. However is that how sins are forgiven in the Lutheran Church? Or is it just a reassurance, so to say, of the forgiveness of ...
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What is the biblical basis that we no longer need to confess and repent?

Joseph Prince (Worldwide speaker and author of Destined to Reign) and Andrew Wommack (Andrew Wommack Ministries and author of many books) teaches this with the Grace (hyperGrace) message, as does my ...
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Are non-Catholics allowed to go to confession?

As an Episcopalian, we technically have the rite of Confession and Reconciliation as one of the things we are supposed to do, but I've never seen it done in actual practice. In contrast, I know that ...
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As a Christian but not a Catholic, can I confess to a Catholic priest? [duplicate]

I am not a Catholic, but I am a Christian. I do not feel any desire to become a Catholic. I have been out of church for many years, and am not actively seeking a church to attend. However, I want to ...
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Why do we confess?

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Why is it so powerful to confess a ...
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Why not directly confess our sins to God? [closed]

Why should we confess our sins to the Catholic priest, when God is everywhere and He listens to us every time? Is this the only way to be forgiven? What is the assurance that sins are forgiven?
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According to the Catholic Church, can having ideations to sin ever be mortally sinful?

In the Catholic Church, is having ideations to sin a mortal sin? In other words, would a faithful Catholic have to repent during Confession for having ideations to sin or having attempted, but failed, ...
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Do I need to confess the sins I committed before becoming Catholic?

I am currently going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in order to join the Catholic Church. Do I need to confess the sins I committed before becoming Catholic?
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What is the purpose of attending the mass and going to Confession?

(My curiosity is going to cost me my reputation again. Anyway, here it goes...) In Catholicism, how important is attending the mass, going to Confession and other liturgical rituals? Do these ...
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What makes a confession sacramental?

In the Catholic tradition, confession to a priest is treated with special protection as a sacred rite. The priest is charged with maintaining the confidential nature of the confession, something they ...
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Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?

Is there any canon, regulation, norm or diocesan norm which requires priests to report confessions of child abuse? Are priests obliged to follow laws to this effect? I'm not asking in regard to ...
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Does the Catholic church believe that God really forgives by confession alone?

My question is does the Catholic Church hold that God forgives every crime by confession alone? If so I could commit crimes from Monday to Saturday and then go and confess to a priest on Sunday - ...