It is not sinful to
omit confessing venial sins...
which do not separate us from the grace of God, and into which we frequently
fall, although they may be usefully confessed, as the experience of the pious
proves, may be omitted without sin, and expiated by a variety of other means."
(Catechism of the Council of Trent)
However, it is
recommended to confess venial sins...
"We are bound to
confess all our mortal sins, but it is well also to confess our venial sins."
"We are bound to
confess all our mortal sins; it is well, however, to confess our venial sins
also." (Catechism of St. Pius X)
"It is well to
confess also the venial sins we remember (1) because it shows our hatred of all
sin, and (2) because it is sometimes difficult to determine just when a sin is
venial and when mortal." (Baltimore Catechism)
"Can. 988 §1 A
member of the Christian faithful is obliged to confess in kind and number all
grave sins committed after baptism and not yet remitted directly through the
keys of the Church nor acknowledged in individual confession, of which the
person has knowledge after diligent examination of conscience. §2 It is
recommended to the Christian faithful that they also confess venial sins."
(1983 Code of Canon Law, emphasis added)
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not, of course, believe that the soul is killed by [venial] sins; but still,
they make it ugly by covering it as if with some kind of pustules and, as it
were, with horrible scabs, which allow the soul to come only with difficulty to
the embrace of the heavenly Spouse, of whom it is written 'He prepared for
Himself a Church having neither spot nor blemish.'" (St. Caesar of Arles, c. 540
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