Confession During This Challenging Time
Confession in this Challenging Time
This week Bishop Duca sent us a communication concerning confession. In his letter, he stated, “Brothers, at a time when private confession is dangerous for both the penitent and the priest and most of the time actually impossible without exposing both to the danger or being impeded by a hospital or institution’s ban on visitors, the following teaching of the church should be preached.” In its history, the church has always taught the following: Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of not receiving being able to receive sacramental absolution, the faithful are encouraged to make a perfect act of contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness and a firm resolution to go to confession at the nearest possible time. You will find the prayer for an act of contrition and the prayer of resolve to go to confession at later date in this publication.
In summary, the Church has always taught that if confession is not available, which happens in mission countries all the time, a person can ask God’s forgiveness by way of an act of contrition and further promise to go to confession at the time when it becomes available.