Is the Catechism Church "law"?


This post was answered by Jim Blackburn. The person asked if confession was required once a year and Jim said only if it is a mortal sin and no church law says otherwise.

But isn’t the Catechism of the Catholic Church our “law”, since it contains our beliefs??? Because on # 2042 the Catechism says" The second precept (“You shall confess your sins at least once a year.”) ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.[83] "

Or are we to believe that the Catechism is wrong…or even incomplete because it doesn’t say “mortal” sin?

The Catechism is not wrong or incomplete on this matter as it must be properly understood in light of the underlying Church law. Note that paragraph 2042 contains a footnote referencing Code of Canon Law 989 which clarifies that the obligation to confess at least once a year concerns only one’s grave (mortal) sins.

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