Can converts receive the Sacrament of Confession?
(04-13-2021, 05:54 PM)ChairmanJoeAintMyPresident Wrote:
(04-13-2021, 05:20 PM)Little Fish Wrote: - My husband is a catechist at a NO parish, and I believe that they instruct former Protestants entering the Church at the Easter Vigil to go confess prior to being confirmed, that they must remember all their mortal sins to the best of their ability, and that they CAN receive absolution before Confirmation. This usually occurs around the time of the scrutinies... which maybe has something to do with the ability to receive absolution? Was/is there a certain point in the journey to becoming Catholic that the Church would give them a Catholic funeral Mass and burial if they died or were, say, martyred before receiving the sacraments?

It's possible for someone who is baptized but not confirmed to receive absolution.  Otherwise, the vast majority of kids in Novus Ordo parishes would be making invalid confessions for about half a dozen years in between their first confession and their confirmation.

Why is it not allowed for catechumens?  Probably to make sure that they're adequately prepared for that sacrament.  It's just as serious as any of the others, and we don't want someone going in there without a good understanding of contrition, amendment, and how to do an examination.

Ahhhh... see, that obvious point escaped me :)

Agreed that serious preparation and instruction is needed. I've also heard that it is not allowed for catechumens (or not needed) because their sins are forgiven in baptism, even the mortal ones.

Wanted to add that I'm a cradle Cat questioning e v e r y t h i n g I saw at the NO growing up, hence the pedantic questions and comments.

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RE: Can converts receive the Sacrament of Confession? - by Little Fish - 04-13-2021, 06:05 PM

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