Is it sufficient to be obedient to church teaching, or does one have to agree with it as well?
I had a vasectomy about 10 years ago. I understand that the church does not require me to have the operation reversed and in lieu of that, I abstain for a period each month. Consequently, I am as obedient to church teaching on this issue as I can be. The trouble is, that although I understand the churches position, I can’t say that I am remorseful for having used contraception. I am preparing to go to confession, and I am troubled and wonder whether agreeing to follow the churches teaching is sufficient, or if remorse and/or accepting the churches position is required for a good confession. Can you be in a state of grace by following the law even if you don’t agree with it?