Should we fear to
disclose our sins in Confession out of bashfulness?
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No. Penitents should
not fear to disclose their sins in Confession out of bashfulness. As the Catechism of the Council of Trent states...
pernicious is the fault of those who, yielding to a foolish bashfulness, cannot
induce themselves to confess their sins. Such persons are to be encouraged by
exhortation, and are to be reminded that there is no reason whatever why they
should fear to disclose their sins, that to no one can it appear surprising if
persons fall into sin, the common malady of the human race and the natural
consequence of human infirmity."
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"He who commits sin
does what is not pleasing to God; but he who repents of his sins, does what is
most pleasing to Him." (St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church)
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