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Carol Ann Thompson wrote:

Hi, guys—

  • If my Confessor says I don't need to make restitution for sinful act and he gives me absolution, does God really forgive me, even if I could have made restitution, but never did?
  • Should I trust my confessor on advice he gives me?

That's my trouble I guess, not trusting. I have been worried that I may not be forgiven, am going to Hell and I can't seem to let go of my past sins.

Carol Ann

  { If my Confessor says I don't need to make restitution for a sinful act, do I still have to, if I can? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Carol Ann —

Your Confessor is the Judge.

His decision is accepted by God.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Carol Ann —

When you hear the priest in the Confessional say to you:

  • ... "I absolve you of your sins."

Those are the words of Our Blessed Lord Jesus. Trust them; your sins are forgiven!

If you have a problem with scrupulosity, which you may, bring this up with your confessor.

Hope this helps,


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