Catholic Dictionary

Confession

Admission by telling something that was not known to another. In the Catholic context, confession occurs in the Sacrament of Penance, in which one reveals one's sins to a priest who grants absolution when there is true repentance. Catholics are to confess once a year when in serious sin. Mortal sins are to be confessed in kind and number. One is to receive the Sacrament of Penance, if baptized in infancy, before receiving Holy Communion for the first time. The Church strongly urges that Catholics go to confession often in order to grow in sanctity; venial sins, while not, strictly speaking, necessary to confess, should be confessed in order to receive the grace of the sacrament and the pardon of God.

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