Sacrament of Penance
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Fail to Confess Mortal Sin
Failure to Confess Mortal Sin
Intentionally Not Confessing Mortal Sin
Purposely Not Confessing Mortal Sin
Willfully Not Confessing a Mortal Sin
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Question / Issue:
What must he do who
has willfully concealed a mortal sin in Confession?
Answer / Resources:
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First, note that it is
sinful to willfully conceal sins in Confession...
"It is a
grievous offence willfully to conceal a mortal sin in Confession, because we
thereby tell a lie to the Holy Ghost and make our Confession worthless."
According to the Baltimore Catechism...
"He who has
willfully concealed a mortal sin in Confession must not only confess it, but
must also repeat [that is, confess again] all the sins he has committed since
his last worthy Confession."
Note: The above
concerns those who willfully fail to confess a mortal sin. If the
omission was not willful, try
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