I have been desperate to find an answer to this issue. Rather then personal opinion, I want reference to Church authority to be based upon for answering this. I’ve already posted this under another section, but because this one is based on defense of the faith I think there’s a greater possibility my questions about this will be answered here. I’ve posted this on ‘Ask an Apologist’ various times but was still not answered. It would be a great favor for someone to give me a straight answer.
[quote=PMV]For a successful Act of Perfect Contrition, I understand the requirements involving the sorrow being interior, supernatural, supreme and universal. I also know that for a valid Act of Perfect Contrition one must be sorry because he offended God, and the person must resolve to go to Confession as soon as possible.
But how far must a person actually go in trying to go to confession? The Church(es) in my area have confession available on Saturday and Sunday, but not during the weekdays. Unfortunately, I don’t think I won’t be able to go to the Sunday ones because of the unjust control I’m living under, but that’s a different story. However, at Churches in my area a person may probably request a confession during the weekdays. After making an Act of Perfect Contrition, to go to confession as soon as possible, should I call a priest? Also, out of curiosity, just how far must one go to get to confession as soon as possible? This is perhaps the main problem I have now spiritually.
Supposing I wanted to contact a priest for Confession but one of my parents said ‘no’, should I accept that ‘no’ and think, ‘I did what I could’, or should I go further and try to convince them constantly and continuously even if no success comes from it?
So, exactly how far must one go to try to arrive at Confession as soon as possible after making an Act of Perfect Contrition?
I think I found a better way to word this question; after making an Act of Perfect Contrition, should one;
Patiently and simply wait for the opportunity to confess to arrive
-Be on the look out for any chance to arrive at confession
Take action to do everything humanly and physically possible to arrive at confession?
-Constantly urge my parents to make an arrangement with a priest for me to have a Confession; not accepting ‘no’ as an answer, but continuisly attempting to persuade them. As long as the answer is ‘no’ from them, constantly attempt to persuade them without giving up.
My parents allow me to go to Confession every Saturday or Sunday.
I want to see proof of whether an Act of Perfect Contrition requires one to make an extraordinary effort to go to Confession or to simply wait for the opportunity.