Paragraph 1456

1456. Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance: “All mortal sins of which penitents after a diligent self-examination are conscious must be recounted by them in confession, even if they are most secret and have been committed against the last two precepts of the Decalogue; for these sins sometimes wound the soul more grievously and are more dangerous than those which are committed openly.”54

When Christ’s faithful strive to confess all the sins that they can remember, they undoubtedly place all of them before the divine mercy for pardon. But those who fail to do so and knowingly withhold some, place nothing before the divine goodness for remission through the mediation of the priest, “for if the sick person is too ashamed to show his wound to the doctor, the medicine cannot heal what it does not know.”55


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

399. Do we have any responsibility for sins committed by others?

528. What is forbidden by the ninth commandment?

425. What is the relationship between grace and human freedom?

154. What are the characteristics of the people of God?

381. What is justice?

87. In what way is Jesus Christ true God and true man?

542. When did Jesus pray?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What is the importance of fellowship with Christ according to 1 Corinthians 1:9?

What is the meaning of David’s song of gratitude to God?

How are God’s justice and mercy revealed in Isaiah? (Isaiah 58:1-14)

The Holiness of the Priesthood: How does the law of priestly holiness in the book of Numbers teach us about the importance of purity and dedication in the worship of God? (Numbers 18:1-7)

What is the cyclicality of Israel’s history and how is it portrayed in Judges 3-16?

The Tower of Babel: What Does This Story Teach Us About God’s Sovereignty? (Genesis 11:1-9)

How does the story of Judith, in particular, the episode of her cunning in Judith 11:1-16, teach us survival strategies in difficult times, according to the Bible?