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WantToDoItRight wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • If I confess to having stolen something, do I have to give back the approximate price of what I stole?
  • If I go to Confession and have stolen or shoplifted a gold bracelet, would I have to tell the priest the price of what I stole or can I just name the expensive item?


"I stole a gold bracelet, defrauded creditors once to buy a game console with
two games, etc."


  { Can you guide me on how to correctly confess to stealing or shoplifting something? }

Eric replied:

Dear WantToDoItRight,

All things being equal, that's the goal. If you can't make restitution to the one you stole from, you give to charity instead.

I'd advise you to consult a priest on the details if you have a complex case, for example, say you stole so much you can't keep track of it or it would be a tremendous burden to attempt to pay it back.


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