Interesting too, pgnat1.
There are a couple of other interesting questions about reconciliation and purgatory.
1) Related to the story of Bobby the contrite basketball player: You must be contrite for reconciliation to be efficacious. But a truly contrite prayer of sorrow also forgives mortal sin, so what is special about reconciliation? I don't know about the rest of you but sometimes I know something I did is a sin but don't really feel bad about it. I DO recognize that it's wrong though and I'm making no plans to do it again. So I go to reconciliation. How efficacious is the sacrament?
2) If you're baptized immediately before death you go straight to Heaven, no matter your age. No purgatory. But what if you decide to get baptized yet aren't contrite of your sins? Remember, in the analogy you die immediately afterward. Why don't you have to make reparations for your sins in Purgatory?
I believe receiving Anointing of the Sick and then getting an Apostolic Pardon raises the same question of bypassing Purgatory. In fact, you can even be unconscious for both of those, leaving you no time to be contrite of any sins. You have made no reparations for your sins. Why are you avoiding Purgatory?