All sins can be
forgiven for those truly contrite...
"For there is no
sin, however great or horrible, which cannot be effaced by the Sacrament of
Penance, and that not merely once, but over and over again." (Catechism of the
Council of Trent)
Q: "Can the
Church forgive every sort of sin?" A: "Yes, the Church can forgive all sins, no
matter how many or how grave they may be, because Jesus Christ has given her
full power to bind and to loose." (Catechism of Pope St. Pius X)
sins' against the
Holy Spirit spoken about in Holy Scripture CAN be forgiven, but 'seldom'
"The sins against
the Holy Ghost which Our Lord said will not be forgiven either in this world or
in the next, are sins committed out of pure malice, and greatly opposed to the
mercy of God, and are, therefore, seldom forgiven." (Baltimore Catechism)
Remember that to
obtain forgiveness, we must repent. And, as explained in a footnote in the DR,
this kind of sin is "usually accompanied with so much obstinacy, and such wilful
opposing the Spirit of God, and the known truth, that men who are guilty of it
are seldom or ever converted; and therefore are never forgiven, because they
will not repent. Otherwise there is no sin which God cannot, or will not forgive
to such as sincerely repent, and have recourse to the keys of the Church."
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