Is a sin forgotten during confession forgiven?


#1

I went to confession last week. As is normally the case, I examined my conscience carefully, then promptly forgot everything upon walking into the confessional.

I did the best that I could considering that my mind was drawing a blank, and I believe I made a good confession. But when I left the confessional, I realized that there was a sin (serious in nature) that I had forgotten to confess.

I do not wish to be scrupulous, but do have a question about this…was this unmentioned sin forgiven? Or do I need to go back and make certain to mention it?


#2

Dear vz,

The sin was forgiven. But you do need to mention it the next time you go to Confession as an act of humility and as a deliberate acknowledgement of your sorrow.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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