[quote=javelin]Thank you all for your replies so far, but I’m going to press the point a bit to see what comes of it…
“Those whose sins you forgive are forgiven; those whose sins you hold bound are held bound.”…
…Now, many of you make a good point that in this case, there are other sins involved: willful dissent from the Church, presumption of God’s Grace, etc. I do not doubt that those sins, if not confessed, remain unforgiven. But I think there would be a good case for belief that the sins confessed would be forgiven, regardless of the true penitence of the person. It would seem that the burden of discerning the true level of penitence would fall on the confessor, who could withold absolution if he deemed it appropriate.
What do you think?
There is something missing tho and that is purposely omitting a piece of information - a sin, when you know it is a sin, a grave sin, invalidates a confession (if somene can find this in the CCC it would be nice). So, lets say that the penitent knows that he presumed he would be forgiven if he sought confession, had the procedure, went to confession, but then willingly omitted the sin of presumption - not telling the priest it was premeditated with intent to confess after committing the act, then I would think that it is invalid. Of course, the penitent would need to know that such presumption is a very serious sin.
This sounds like a question for the “Ask the Apologist” and I think I may do it, framing it in two scenarios - one where the penitent is aware that the premeditation was sinful, and one were he is ignorant of its sinfulness. We’ll see if it is answered.