Would this still be a mortal sin?

Someone commits a mortal sin before going to Church but repents to God in his head or through prayer. Then goes to communion and receives it. Is he still receiving it in mortal sin?

He can then be thus committing sin again…

Catechism:

CCC 1385…Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.

I woulndt risk it…its betetr to simply go to confession and then receive holy communion

Of course the person would have to know about his obligation to confess his sin before receiving communion, but yes it is a grave sin to receive communion without prior sacramental absolution, even if the person already made an act of perfect contrition. The sin may be forgiven, but it still needs to be confessed within the communal life of the Church, specifically in the Sacrament of Penance.

Well, how did you repent to God? There are only two ways in which mortal sin is forgiven outside of Confession or without the absolution of a priest; perfect charity (which is a state of mind when one has a perfect love of God), and perfect contrition. This is when one is in the state of mind and will when they are truly sorry for their sins, not out of fear for Hell, or the punishment which your sin deserves if you die at that moment, but because you know in your heart that it offends God and greatly saddens Him. If this act of repentance were done inside or outside of Confession, one of true sorrow and penitence, then God would forgive this person of this sin, and it would not be a mortal sin for him to receive Communion under grave circumstances (i.e., may die within a short amount of time, etc.). However, this is in no way a perfect substitute for Confession. Even if your sin was forgiven in this way, you still must go to Confession later to confess this sin.

However, if this person had an opportunity to go to Confession before Communion, while in mortal sin, and chose not to do so, or if he did not have a grave reason to receive Communion, then he may not receive Communion, even with an act of perfect contrition.

Check out this portion of catholic.com. It’s were I referred to: catholic.com/thisrock/quickquestions/keyword/mortal%20sin

Perfect charity wipes away venial sins, not mortal sins.

The grace of perfect contrition together with the intent (part of it that contrition) to confess as soon as possible …forgives even moral sins (venial sins can be forgiven in various ways even via imperfect contrition).

However even if the person really thinks he has had perfect contrition …he is not to approach Holy Communion until he has confessed and been absolved (though there can be exceptions…like when there is a grave reason…and confession is not possible…say perhaps the Priest only comes to your villiage every 6 months…and one has a grave reason)

Catechism of the Catholic Church:

CCC 1385…“Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.” (emph. added)

The grace of perfect contrition together with the intent (part of it that contrition) to confess as soon as possible …forgives even moral sins (venial sins can be forgiven in various ways even via imperfect contrition).

However even if the person really thinks he has had perfect contrition …he is not to approach Holy Communion until he has confessed and been absolved (though there can be exceptions…like when there is a grave reason…and confession is not possible…say perhaps the Priest only comes to your villiage every 6 months…and one has a grave reason)

Catechism of the Catholic Church:

CCC 1385…“Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.” (emph. added)

I agree with you. I was talking about perfect charity and not perfect contrition.

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Hehehehehehe! :smiley:

and immoral sins…

Yes. You must go to confession and confess the mortal sin before you recieve Communion.

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