Question 1- If someone is dying and they are repentant (but wish to confess), and there is no priest available, is it true that any person standing near can absolve them in such an emergency? I thought I heard that, and I wanted to make sure.
Question 2- Also, about perfect contrition: If one who is also in danger of death has moral sin and repents - not just out of fear of hell, but also for regret for having offended God- does that equal a perfect contrition? I’ve seen this site, but to be honest, I can’t remember all of the things required to make a perfect act of contrition. Does it have be be by the prescription (and of course, from the heart), or can it be from the heart only without any aid? For instance, if I have a mortal sin and I can’t get to a priest until Saturday confession, I’ll confess that I’m sorry for my sins- that I’m sorry for having offended God and would rather go to Hell than to commit another mortal sin against Jesus, that I love God and that I detest all my sins, and that I intend to go to confession & do penance… I hope that is sufficient for a perfect contrition while I’m waiting to go to confession.
Thanks people :).