I recently read an article by Jimmy Akin in which he writes that if someone committed murder, the priest would be wrong to have him turn himself in as a precondition for absolution.
BUT…let’s use the example of stealing. Let’s say a guy stole an iPad from someone, went to confession for it, but admitted in confession that he’s not yet returned it. Ought not the priest receive an assurance that he intends to return it? If he doesn’t return it, then how sorry can he be?