[quote="DavidFilmer, post:14, topic:240086"]
Indeed, Fr. Robert J. Levis seems to support the idea of deferred Grace. However, Father's opinions are less authoritative than the Catechism (though neither represent infallible doctrine).
When I was RCIA director, it was customary for the Elect to receive the Sacrament of Penance (which would include a lifetime confession) on Holy Saturday afternoon (they would be received and Confirmed the next morning). Being lifetime confessions, the priest usually allocated a half-hour for each of them. Given so little time between their Confession and their Confirmation, they were assumed to be in a state of Grace. So it seems the Church DOES operate on my understanding - otherwise the Confessions could be held a week or two in advance. Instead, they are held as close as practical to the rite of Confirmation.
I agree that I have never heard of a conditional Confirmation. I think the need for such would be rare, due to the proximity of the Confession. But, if deemed necessary, I am sure it would be handled in a private manner, to avoid public disgrace of the recipient.
And it's not "my understanding." It's the plain wording of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Well, the doctrine of the Church is not guaranteed not to confuse anybody. Especially people who are already confused in the first place.
No - the issue is the Sacramental validity of the recipient, not the minister.
I told preists I was not sure about my original baptisim. I begged for confession but they said no. I was intensly confused and experincing heavy persecution from non catholics, even protests. They called my bishop to protest me entering the church. but if I'm honest with myself I also intentionally lied on some points... I was confirmed in mortal sin for sure... I later confessed this but question what I did? The minister is not the question. What if someone baptised by Protestants years previous, living as an atheist, later agnostic finds their way. Who is possible experiencing obsession or possession comes into RCIA in sever state of mortal sin... Lies to avoid confession & is confirmed... What about this...