Does perfect contrition release us from the obligation to confess??


#1

Hello. I am a bit confused about what the Church teaches regarding perfect contrition. If a person committs a mortal sin and, theoretically speaking, repents with perfect contrition, does that mean that he or she does not have to go to confession? Clarification would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


#2

Confession is still required. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states, “When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called ‘perfect’ (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible” (CCC 1452, emphasis added). (Note: For illustration see 916Code of Canon Law.)


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