Can converts receive the Sacrament of Confession?
(04-13-2021, 05:20 PM)Little Fish Wrote: Feeling silly for asking this, and I may have totally missed something in this thread:

Do former Protestants (not lapsed Catholics) entering the church at a traditional parish (vs. NO) wait for their first confession until after being confirmed? Or do they confess without being given absolution?
Baptised adults who become Catholic would have to first of all go to confession and receive absolution for excommunication and any mortal sin since Baptism. Novus Ordo or not doesn't matter. After this absolution, it's public profession of faith. Then one can either be confirmed the same day, or it can be postponed. But certainly you would go to confession and receive absolution before Confirmation either way.
Quote:Why I'm asking:
- I have yet to witness a baptized Protestant become Catholic at a traditional parish, just a former atheist receiving all his sacraments at once and a lot of babies.
- 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?
As Chairman said, Confession works fine for people who haven't been confirmed, as witnessed by all those kids.

A funeral or even any requiem Mass can only be said for a Catholic. I don't know whether it can be said for someone who has been absolved in the confessional (which is obviously private) but hasn't made public profession of faith. The probability of dying between these two steps isn't that great. To avoid controversy, please die after public profession.
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RE: Can converts receive the Sacrament of Confession? - by Marmot - 04-13-2021, 06:10 PM

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