How to Make a Good Confession: Confession
The Church teaches very clearly that "the faithful are obliged to confess all mortal sins, the kinds and number, of which they are conscious after careful examination, which have not yet been directly remitted by the Church's power of the keys, nor acknowledged in individual confession" (Canon 988:8).
Any practice which restricts Confession to a general accusation of sin, to only one or two sins judged as more important, is to be reproved. The confession of sins is an act of humility and honesty. It is an act of entrusting oneself to the mercy of God who forgives (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1457).
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