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PossiblyScrupulous wrote:

Hi, guys —

First of all I would like to thank all of you for answering my past questions and clarifying some of my doubts, however, another concern has sprung up in my mind. I understand that the deliberate withholding of a mortal sin that I am conscious of during Confession would render it invalid.

  • Would this also apply to intentional vagueness in describing the sin?

By this I mean, thinking beforehand of phrasing the sin committed to blunt the sense of shame in saying it while ensuring that it was confessed.

e.g. Choosing to say:

"fictional material that involved relations with a minor"

as opposed to

"cartoons and drawings of childlike characters involved in sex acts"

Thanks for your help in this and past matters.


  { Would intentional vagueness in describing a sin in Confession render the Confession invalid? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Dear PossiblyScrupulous,

Priests have all heard many Confessions and they know when a person is doing this. Go behind the screen if you are embarrassed, but say the full story — the feeling you feel coming out of Confession of true absolution will be complete.

Now technically, — are you forgiven? — that is up to God and the sincerity of your heart.

Fr. Jonathan

PossiblyScrupulous replied:

Thank you all and thank-you Father,

I managed to seek counseling from a priest for similar sins I had committed during an immature and ignorant past, and his counseling helped me to realize that it is much more important to be clear and honest to God than to be afraid of any earthly shame or punishment.


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