Can non-Catholics receive Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Can they go to Confession and still receive absolution, though they were never baptized in the faith? (say, atheists, Jews, etc.)
Thank you, God bless,
well sort of …
A baptized person who is being received into the church must go to confession prior to confirmation. Some do it more than once.
A non-baptized person cannot receive any of the Sacraments until they are baptized. Even if a priest officiates at a marriage between a Catholic and a non-baptized person, it is not a sacramental marriage. Valid but not sacramental.
A priest will hear your confession and possibly advise on how to obtain absolution, or other personal advice.
But I believe absolution is for members in community with the Church (or shortly to be confirmed via RCIA).
also (I think this is the case) a non-Catholic may receive sacramental absolution if they belong to a Church with valid sacraments, they cannot receive absolution from a priest of their own Church, and there is a reasonable expectation of danger to their lives. This would apply to a Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox.
But, again, I am not positive about this - I think this is the case.
A friend of mine wanted to go to Confession within a month of his reception into the Church, and the priest couldn’t give him absolution.
Non-baptised persons cannot go to Confession and receive absolution.
Is there any Church documents that speak of this?
Prob. the Catechism. I’ll have to look into it.