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SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
The sacrament that, by means of certain acts of the penitent and by the absolution of a qualified priest, remits sins committed after baptism. As defined by the Catholic Church, it is "truly and properly a sacrament, instituted by Christ our Lord, for reconciling the faithful to God as often as they fall into sin after baptism" (Denzinger 1701). The required acts of the penitent are contrition, confession, and the willingness to make satisfaction. These acts are called the matter of the sacrament. The priest's absolution is the form.
The sacrament of penance was instituted by Christ on Easter Sunday night, when he told the Apostles, "Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained" (John 20:22-23). The Catholic Church interprets these words to imply that Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors not merely the right to declare that a person's sins are forgiven but also the power of forgiving in Christ's name those who are judged worthy of remission and of withholding absolution for those who are not disposed to be absolved.
All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1449 The formula of absolution used in the Latin Church expresses the essential elements of this sacrament: the Father of mercies is the source of all forgiveness. He effects the reconciliation of sinners through the Passover of his Son and the gift of his Spirit, through the prayer and ministry of the Church:
God, the Father of mercies,
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Ummm is there scripture of the apostles holding confession??
So those RCs who have not been to confession during the past 50 years, or so, are not “absolved” of their sins? And, thus, they get to spend some 50 to 1 years in purgatory to pay for those themselves? (Forget Jesus) And, the ones who went to confession and got “absolution” are pure? This is an astonishing doctrine that even makes Paul look like a loser. I am grateful I won’t have to explain my adherence to this monstrous, heretical cultism when I leave this place.
Actually even if they have confessed their sins and been "forgiven" they still have to do "burn time" for them
I love that part! There's just this heavy sigh of relief, and the feeling of a load off your shoulders!
LOL. Okay, “burn time”. And, the follow-on doctrine has “indulgences” purchased so that folks on this side can “buy down the burn time” for some poor schmuck on the other side? If the pope can forgive these at all, why does he not just do it for free? For crying out loud, even the Mormon cult is busy baptizing live folks for every single person that has ever lived to save them from becoming a disembodied alien. The RC cult ought to be able to match their weird effort.
At each person's particular judgement, God decides the state of a person's soul and the amount of purgation His Justice and Mercy require.
We take it seriously. The sale of indulgences is over. Prayer and good works as well as the Mass, the most powerful of all prayers, offered for the souls assist in the remission of the consequences due to their sin, and thus God, again in His Mercy and Justice, decides accordingly.
Thanks for posting!
Never taught by Christ or the apostles.. indulgences and the sale of “relics “ were used to build St Peters.. that is their purpose
When will you know that you have been forgiven enough ? when will you know you have done enough works ?
“Actually even if they have confessed their sins and been “forgiven” they still have to do “burn time” for them”
I thought if you were absolved,you were absolved.
You may find this interesting:
For what it’s worth, I have no doubt whatsoever about the efficacy or “licitness” of the Roman sacrament of Penance. I do think some of the innovative theology surrounding it is unfortunate.
It might be good for you to catch up on indulgences:
Essays for Lent: Indulgences
Radio Replies Second Volume - Indulgences
Catholic Word of the Day: APOSTOLIC INDULGENCES, 03-24-11
A Primer on Indulgences
INDULGENCES and Why they Remain Vital to us Today (Catholic Caucus)
Radio Replies First Volume - Indulgences
Indulgences - and Why they Remain Vital to us Today [Catholic Caucus]
Pope OKs plenary indulgence for Lourdes' 150th anniversary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
[What Every Catholic Needs to Know about] Gaining Indulgences [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
A Brief Catechism for Adults - Lesson 26: Indulgences
Vatican says Catholics can get indulgence for sick-day activities (Devotional Announcement)[World Day of the Sick]
ortiuncula Indulgence can be obtained this Sunday
He who holds the keys to the kingdom - the Catholic practice of granting indulgences
POPE GRANTS PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST
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