Sin and Holy Communion
Question from on 07-11-2007:
I know that it is not permissible for a Catholic to receive Holy Communion with the knowledge of a grave sin, but what if the catholic prays for forgiveness, tries not to commit the sin again, and tries very hard to go to Confession as soon as possible. Could he still receive communion?
Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 07-11-2007:
Generally speaking, one conscious of grave sin must go to confession prior to receiving Holy Communion.
However, in the case of spiritual necessity, the person may make an act of perfect (complete) contrition in addition to resolving to get to confession as soon as possible. The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1452 states: "When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called 'perfect' (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to the sacrament of confession as soon as possible."
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