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According to the Catholic Church, how do you perform an examination of conscience?

There a guides for helping with examination of conscience, such as this short examination of conscience and this longer version. They often go through the 10 Commandments Thou shalt not have other ...
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Does a Catholic have recourse if a priest gives a ridiculously harsh or impossible penance?

Does a Catholic have some recourse if a priest gives a ridiculously harsh or impossible penance? Well, the short answer is yes. What recourses one has as a Catholic in the confessional when one ...
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What penances do priests do for sins they absolve?

What penances do priests do for sins they absolve? That will depend on the individual priest, who will more than not, take that information to the grave. We can only guess! Let me answer with a ...
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

Prior to Christ, a priest was needed to help make sacrifice to receive forgiveness: Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the ...
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Purgatory for those who are saved outside the Church?

I thought I would share some relevant words from 'The Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich': “I was present when God passed sentence on notorious sinners. Great is His justice, but ...
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Does Eucharistic Adoration fulfill the Obligation of Penance required of all Catholics on Fridays throughout the year?

It seems to me that there is nothing preventing Eucharistic adoration from fulfilling the obligation of penance. Let's have a look at the document that regulates the Friday obligation in the United ...
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According to the Catholic Church, how do you perform an examination of conscience?

While it's tough to beat Geremia's excellent answer, the USCCB has an easy to access page with a variety of examinations of conscience that are tailored to fit a particular place in life. We had good ...
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Can an uncatecized but baptized Catholic receive absolution from a priest?

The answer is simple: no, a priest cannot deny absolution simply because one is an “uncatechized” Catholic. The Code of Canon Law says, Sacred ministers cannot deny the sacraments* to those who ...
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

All of these answers respond to your question well, using scripture. But because there is no reference to Protestantism in the NT, and because Catholics would take something different from scripture, ...
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Why are indulgences ever needed for oneself?

Why are indulgences ever needed for oneself? Sin has consequences! Just because ”one participates in the Sacrament of Penance throughout his life”, this is no guarantee that all the temporal ...
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What is the Biblical and Traditional basis for doing Penance for others?

In Catholicism such people who take on penances for others are called victim souls. Victim Souls are someone who offers their life, their will and their intense sufferings to God for the salvation of ...
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What is the purpose of the Penitential Rite in a Catholic Mass?

No Catholic is permitted to receive Holy Communion at Mass unless they are in the State of Grace. Any Catholic who is aware of committing a mortal sin, must receive sacramental absolution within the ...
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What is the purpose of the Penitential Rite in a Catholic Mass?

This part of the Mass comes after the Confiteor (I confess): Traditionally, Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Ioánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis ...
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What is Penance and what has been its traditional role in the Catholic Church?

What is Penance and what has been its traditional role in the Catholic Church? The term penance have several different meaning within Catholicism. Here follows as modern definition of the term: ...
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History of sackcloth and ashes?

History of sackcloth and ashes? The custom of the three elements, fasting, sackcloth and ashes, are an ancient eastern custom to show humiliation and repentance. It was neither invented nor originated ...
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Why did the Jansenists practice such harsh penances?

Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., Three Ages of the Interior Life, pt. 2 "Purification of the Soul in Beginners", ch. 19 "Practical Naturalism: Of Action and of Inaction" (ref:35....
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

For protestants generally, one of the essential, non-negotiable requirements for a sacrament is an explicit command from Jesus. In the case of Baptism, this command is reported in Matthew 28:19 Go ...
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What is the Catholic/Anglican understanding of how the Sacrament of Reconciliation began?

From an Anglican perspective, there is no Sacrament of reconciliation, as the Anglican Communion officially recognizes only two Sacraments, those being Baptism and Holy Communion, as provided in ...
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What is the Catholic/Anglican understanding of how the Sacrament of Reconciliation began?

Your title implies that you are looking for an answer from a "Catholic-Anglican" perspective, but perhaps you will also accept an answer from the Eastern Orthodox perspective, which shares a common ...
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