If I have confessed my sins regularly (every 6 months or so) to an Anglican priest (I was previously Anglo-Catholic, and have been on regular retreats and to confession as a Companion of the Society of St Francis), do I need to confess them again when I make my first confession when I become a Catholic?
I can honestly say that the sense of relief that comes from recieving the absolution has made me forget many of the sins I confessed in the past. Do I need to try to remember them again? Am I still unforgiven, even though I have repented, confessed, been absolved and done penance?
I know the Catholic Church does not recognise the validity of Anglican orders, but does that make everything done by Anglican priests invalid?
Also, do I need to repent of having been a Protestant at my first confession? I don’t believe it was a sin that I came to faith in Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord, and began a path of study which eventually led me to see that the fullest expression of Christian truth is contained in the Catholic Church. I understand that the Old Rite for adult confirmations includes a renouncing of all heresies, but that isn’t included in the Novus Ordo. Does the principle still stand though?