Is this Confirmation valid?


#1

Is the Confirmation of someone who was Confirmed in mortal sin valid?


#2

It is valid. The full graces of the Sacrament are blocked by the sin but flow as soon as the person returns to a state of grace.


#3

Corki is correct. The other point to remember is that choosing to be confirmed while in a state of mortal sin is grave matter and thus a sin by itself. I encourage the individual to mention both sins to confession.


#4

Yes.


#5

Interesting. Why is that?


#6

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Interesting. Why is that?

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It is sinful to receive communion, to be confirmed, to be married, or to be ordained while in a state of mortal sin. It is pretending to receive graces from God through the Church actions, that is what sacraments are about, when we have chosen to be separated from God and we are not reconciled with the Church.

From The Baltimore Catechism:

Q. 596. Which are the Sacraments that increase sanctifying grace in our soul?
A. The Sacraments that increase sanctifying grace in our souls are:
1.Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony;and they are called Sacraments of the living.

Q. 597. What do we mean by Sacraments of the dead and Sacraments of the living?
A. By the Sacraments of the dead we mean those Sacraments that may be lawfully received while the soul is in a state of mortal sin. By the Sacraments of the living we mean those Sacraments that can be lawfully received only while the soul is in a state of grace -- i.e., free from mortal sin. Living and dead do not refer here to the persons, but to the condition of the souls; for none of the Sacraments can be given to a dead person.

Q. 598. Why are Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony called Sacraments of the living?
A. Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony are called Sacraments of the living because those who receive them worthily are already living the life of grace.

Q. 599. What sin does he commit who receives the Sacraments of the living in mortal sin?
A. He who receives the Sacraments of the living in mortal sin commits a sacrilege, which is a great sin, because it is an abuse of a sacred thing.


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