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Desiring David wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm a 22-year-old, non-Catholic male who wants to convert from Lutheran to the Catholic faith.

I have struggled with certain sins a lot. To name the worst sins, I have paid for sex, given into homosexual desires, sex, and have been paid for sex.

I am very sorry for this things, realized I have strayed from God, feel terrible for doing them, and want to start with a metaphorical clean slate.

My questions are:

  • Should I do a Confession before this conversion because I have sinned . . . a lot?
  • After converting to the faith should I seek Confession again for the same sins?

That way I can receive the full benefits of the sacrament.

David

  { Due to the gravity of my sins, should I go to Confession before becoming a Catholic? }

Mike replied:

Dear David,

First I would like to welcome you to the family!

There are some great reasons to follow this call into the Church. Check out my favorites page.

As a non-Catholic Christian, you can make a personal confession of your sins to the Lord but you cannot receive a sacramental Confession until you become a Catholic. I would advise you to get the ball rolling by making an appointment with a pastor or priest at a neighboring Catholic parish. They can provide the proper counsel on what it takes to become a Catholic. While talking with the pastor or priest ask what ministries the parish has to offer that you can get involved with.

I would also recommend reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church so you know what we believe as Catholics.

There is no sin any of us can commit that God will not forgive and being human we tend to fall multiple times throughout our life. For that reason, going to Confession on a regular basis is normal for a Catholic. The bishops recommend going at least once a month.

When we go to Confession, we have to make a firm purpose of amendment not to sin again.

Struggles with sex sins can be especially tough so just do the best you can and follow the priest's counsel.

I hope this answers your questions.

Mike

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