[quote=rwoehmke]I really struggle with the business of forgetting mortal sins. If the three conditions for serious or mortal sin are met how could anyone forget unless they have not been to confession for a long long time and/or have a multitude of mortal sins on their list. If I know I have committed a mortal sin I can’t wait to get to confession. The risk taken with regard to ones immortal soul is immense. Perhaps we are talking about sins with serious gravity, but one or both of the other two conditions are not met, then I could understand how one might forget. In such a case one would not be culpable anyway. I hope this is not a hijack of the thread.
Well, first off, IF a person HASN’T been to confession in a longgggggg time, and IF in the preparation by examining of one’s conscience one is sssoooooooo relieved and yet sssooooooo nervous, then a couple of mortal sins could easily slip a person’s mind, even with a mountain of prayers to the Holy Spirit for clarity and the ability to remember. So, the person is in that world of bliss of being forgiven of mortal sin for a bit, and then something, somewhere, triggers a memory, a musing, a thought…and OH MY GOODNESS, I FORGOT THAT ONE!!! Of course, the devil would like it very much if this person was guilted beyond all reason, hopefully never to set foot in a confessional again. The simple answer is that if one has honestly forgotten a mortal sin, then it’s forgiven, but should be mentioned next confession.
Second, people who have been away from the Church on their little sabbaticals to other denominations or their own bed of a Sunday, have not been to confession in quite awhile, maybe years or even decades. When the moment of grace falls upon those people, the need to act can be greater than the prep time.
Third, some people commit more mortal sins than those of us who might not have been living quite so large, so to speak. Those sins are mortal sins, and meet the three criteria. I mean, in the criteria of the three points (serious matter, full complicity, full knowledge), should rock stars, actors, etc., be let off due to extreme drug and alcohol consumption? So, those people just might, if they converted, as they put their lives in order over time, stumble across something that was clearly to their mind or in fact mortal and yet got skipped on the first shot back.