Can non-Catholics go to Confession?


#1

Hello,

I was just wondering if a nonCatholic friend of mine can go to a priest and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation? I believe he’s been baptized, but has never really practiced any faith. He really needs help. He is married and is suffering with pornography. I just heard the tape from Scott Hahn and Steve Wood which is AWESOME! in describing the grace we receive through this beautiful sacrament :slight_smile: Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,
LovebeingCatholic


#2

Code of Canon Law (844 §4) makes provision for this in limited circumstances:

If the danger of death is present or if, in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or conference of bishops, some other grave necessity urges it, Catholic ministers administer [the sacraments of penance, Eucharist, and anointing of the sick] licitly also to other Christians not having full communion with the Catholic Church, who cannot approach a minister of their own community and who seek such on their own accord, provided that they manifest Catholic faith in respect to these sacraments and are properly disposed.

I recommend referring your friend to a local priest to discuss the details of his situation further.


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