[quote="Sldgman, post:1, topic:323928"]
Is a person's sins forgiven if he does not intend to refrain from committing the same sin in the future? The person could be insincere when praying the Act of Contrition, yet the priest could not realize it and give absolution.
Additionally, is sin forgiven if the person does not do the penance assigned? Absolution is given by the priest before penance is done.
Lets say a person committed a mortal sin of murder and did not repent but just confessed it but intended to go out the next day to do it again. Is he absolved/forgiven? No.
Venial sin can be somewhat different ....one can intend to do better with a say a venially sinful habit etc (we will struggle with at least some venial sins all our life..."daily sins")
As to penance if the person receives the penance intending to do it --but forgets --that does not make the absolution invalid.
Now if the Priest say gives him a chapter to read in the Gospel but in confession the penitent intends to not do it...that is a different story...