Can I stop confessing this?


#1

Hello,

I used to attend confession and struggled with how I was confessing things, worried I was omitting on purpose or hiding things, etc. I understand this is scrupulous and I decided a while back that it was an unhealthy way to live. I stopped going to confession altogether a few years ago because I was re-confessing often and couldn’t handle the anxiety.

Now I think I would like to try and go to confession. Here is my question: I have confessed a particular sin from childhood two different times. The first time, I stated it in a general term and did not say that it occurred twice. I worried I was purposefully trying to hide it, so I later went to confession again and was clearer and talked about it specifically with the priest. However when I left, I realized that I didn’t say that it might have happened twice, worrying that again I had ruined my confession. Since then I have dreaded having to say this again in confession to “get it right.”

In good faith, can I forget about this altogether? It is certainly not a sin I struggle with anymore, and in all reality, in retrospect I do not really believe this was a mortal sin but more a matter of circumstance. I do not know if I can handle the anxiety of trying to do it again. Just would like some perspective.

Thank you!


#2

Hi,

By all means, do not mention it again in Confession.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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