Does anyone here know about the concept of receiving "conditional absolution" in which someone is absolved, but it's on the condition they do X (ie: make restitution) by x date, and if they fail to meet that condition, the absolution is no longer any good and has no effect?
Supposedly, I was absolved conditionally. The priest told me he was absolving me "conditionally" and explained it as such as I have put.
I can't find this concept of conditional absolution in any moral theology books I have that discuss confession and absolution. Furthermore, theologically it makes no sense. Jesus didn't say what sins you forgive are forgiven, unless they fail to do something. Then they'll be unforgiven. It sounds almost childish in how children "unforgive" someone because they don't like that person before.
I'm starting to think my priest might have been using scare tactics to force restitution, which seems like something he would do.
Anyone familiar with this who can confirm or deny this? Preferably with credibility?