Confession and Crime


I once heard that a confession that involves a crime is not valid if the penitent does not turn himself in to the authorities afterward. Is this true?

(Don’t worry, I’m not hiding anything. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to pick up some trash bags, duct tape, and bleach from the store… :smiley: )


No, it is not true.




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