Confession question on "How" to admit a sin

I was listening to Fr. Corapi giving advice on how to make a good confession. Maybe I heard something incorrectly, but I wanted to know if the following is right or not.

I believe that Fr. Corapi said you can go thru the Comandments to help you and tell the priest which ones you have broken, but you don’t have to give details.

I think for example you can say to the priest that you broke the 1st Commndment and you don’t have to give details on how you broke it. Is that correct?

Because the first Commandment says “You shall Worship the Lord Your God and him only Shall You Serve”. But this also includes, from what I read, idolatry,divination, magic and sorcery, Sacrilege, Atheism etc.
Does that mean you don’t have to mention exactly how or in what way you broke the Commandment? If you don’t give the “details” like if you did some witchcraft or something. or does that mean you are witholding a sin from the priest?

I’m not accusing Fr. Coarpi of anything and maybe I didn’t catch it all correctly, but it has me wondering now.

My understanding is that the priest needs to understand, but doesn’t need every minute gory detail, esp. if embarrassing.

[quote=BlueRain]I was listening to Fr. Corapi giving advice on how to make a good confession. Maybe I heard something incorrectly, but I wanted to know if the following is right or not.

I believe that Fr. Corapi said you can go thru the Comandments to help you and tell the priest which ones you have broken, but you don’t have to give details.

I think for example you can say to the priest that you broke the 1st Commndment and you don’t have to give details on how you broke it. Is that correct?

Because the first Commandment says “You shall Worship the Lord Your God and him only Shall You Serve”. But this also includes, from what I read, idolatry,divination, magic and sorcery, Sacrilege, Atheism etc.
Does that mean you don’t have to mention exactly how or in what way you broke the Commandment? If you don’t give the “details” like if you did some witchcraft or something. or does that mean you are witholding a sin from the priest?

I’m not accusing Fr. Coarpi of anything and maybe I didn’t catch it all correctly, but it has me wondering now.
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I will have to go back and listen to him again. But that is correct you do not have to go into great detail with every sin. Now sometimes some detail may help the priest understand why or what lead you to sin. It may help him suggest ways to avoid the sin. Generally it is good to say I broke the X commandment by doing this six times in the last month, but I didn’t do this at all in the prior six months while I was back at school. He may ask why do you think you respect others more at school, than when you are away from school. As an example.

The Catechism tells us explicitly we cannot be so vague that the Priest has no earthly idea what is going on. You are not required however to give “every gory detail” as another poster pointed out. You cannot say “I broke the First Commandment” if you know your specific sin is “idolatry”, you can however, simply say “I am guilty of idolatry”, and if you have an number of instances, then you should give the number. an example…

If you have committed adultery, twice since your last confession with your spouses sibling in your own home while your wife was at the hospital visiting her grandmother and your kids were with her (I’m just going for shock value here…trying to make it as reprehensible as I can) , saying to the confessor “I broke said commandment” or “I had sex outside of marriage” would be a sin itself in its deceitfulness. But, simply telling the confessor, “I committed adultery twice” as far as I know is sufficent.

frpat.com/examen.htm

I like this analogy of how to examine your conscience by using the commandments. Fr. Pat is from the LaCrosse Diocese.

[quote=joshua_b]If you have committed adultery, twice since your last confession with your spouses sibling in your own home while your wife was at the hospital visiting her grandmother and your kids were with her (I’m just going for shock value here…trying to make it as reprehensible as I can) , saying to the confessor “I broke said commandment” or “I had sex outside of marriage” would be a sin itself in its deceitfulness. But, simply telling the confessor, “I committed adultery twice” as far as I know is sufficent.
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On the other hand, if there are circumstances that increase the gravity of the sin, such as the classic example of having sex with a consecrated person in the choir loft during the consecration of the Mass for the purpose of sacrilege… you would have to mention these additional details.

Betsy

I would concur, but would like to point out that in that case you are guilty of sexual misconduct and intentional sacrelige, so yes you are right, but the details are relevant to the confessor understanding the sin being confessed.

Thanks, I think I understand it better now.

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