No. The following
error was CONDEMNED by Pope Leo X in Exsurge Domine...
"No man's sins
are remitted unless he is confident that they are remitted when the priest
remits them; moreover, the sin would remain unless he were confident of its
remission. For the remission of sin and the gift of grace are not sufficient; it
is also necessary to have confidence that the sin is remitted." (CONDEMNED ERROR
of Martin Luther)
It is NOT necessary to
feel that one's sins are forgiven for them actually to be forgiven...
"If any one
saith, that it is necessary for every one, for the obtaining the remission of
sins, that he believe for certain, and without any wavering arising from his own
infirmity and disposition, that his sins are forgiven him; let him be anathema."
(Council of Trent)
"If any one
saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because that he
assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly
justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone,
absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema." (Council of
forgiveness of sin occurs in the Sacrament of Penance 'ex opere operato'...
language expresses it, the Sacraments work their effect ex opere operato ['by
the very fact of the action's being performed']." (Pope Pius XI, "Ad Catholici
Sacerdotii", 1935 A.D.)
It is NOT necessary
for the recipient to feel anything for sacraments to have their effect.
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