I grew up protestant and never confessed my sins to a priest. I also, like nearly all protestants, did not confess every grave sin in my private prayer life.
When I said my first confession a few week ago, I was nearly confident that I was confessing at least a few actual mortal sins. But if these were indeed real mortal sin, not just ones I mistakenly thought were mortal, this leaves me with a strange dilemma.
Either I, as past-protestant moments before saying first confession, was actually in not state of mortal sin, OR nearly all protestants will die outside a state of grace.
This is, of course, assuming I was a typical protestant. And we could easily just say that I really wasn’t in a state of mortal sin to avoid the unpleasant suggestion. Either way, it is still a terrifying notion that we are leaving protestants out there with the grave risk of mortal sin. There are only extraordinary remains means for their reconcilation.