If a man misses man for frivilous reasons one week, but decides a week later that he should confess his mortal sin to the priest and through very bad luck dies in a car accident on his way to the confessional, does the church teach he will go to hell with mortal sin on his soul?
Different scenario, same sin. What if he doesn’t feel the need to confess this sin, but in every other aspect of his life he is a good Christian, devout to the Lord in every other way. Would he go to Hell (according to Catholic teaching)?
I am having a difficult time with this issue theologically, as a Catholic. I just do not believe that God is that legalistic. Does the Church? (And, no, I’m not talking about myself…it is a hypothetical question as my bigger issue is the legalism of the church. I’m wondering if my view of how the Church views sin and salvation is correct.)