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'''Confession''' is the admission of guilt for forgiveness of sin.  To be effective, it is typically expressed to another, usually a cleryman for absolution by him.  All mortal sins are expressed to obtain full forgiveness, while not all venial (lesser) sins need be expressed.{{fact}} 
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'''Confession''' is the admission of guilt for forgiveness of sin.  To be effective, it is typically expressed to another, usually a cleryman for absolution by him.  All mortal sins are expressed to obtain full forgiveness, while not all venial (lesser) sins need be expressed.<ref>"We commit a venial sin (one which can be forgiven outside confession) [...]" and "God will forgive the sinner of these minor sins if he confesses them to God in prayer with sincere repentance." - Reaching Catholics For Christ: [http://www.reachingcatholics.org/mortal.html Mortal and Venial Sin]</ref>
  
 
Confession is usually made in a confidential manner, and clergymen are duty-bound never to disclose a confession.  Numerous legal protections also respect this confidentiality in the very rare instance of an attempt to force disclosure.
 
Confession is usually made in a confidential manner, and clergymen are duty-bound never to disclose a confession.  Numerous legal protections also respect this confidentiality in the very rare instance of an attempt to force disclosure.
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==Alternate Definitions==
 
==Alternate Definitions==
Confession in a secular sense is any admission of a wrongdoing, written or spoken.<ref>http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=confession</ref>
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Confession in a secular sense is any admission of a wrongdoing, written or spoken.<ref>Merriam-Webster - [http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=confession "confession"]</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 20:00, 1 January 2008

Confession is the admission of guilt for forgiveness of sin. To be effective, it is typically expressed to another, usually a cleryman for absolution by him. All mortal sins are expressed to obtain full forgiveness, while not all venial (lesser) sins need be expressed.[1]

Confession is usually made in a confidential manner, and clergymen are duty-bound never to disclose a confession. Numerous legal protections also respect this confidentiality in the very rare instance of an attempt to force disclosure.

Confession has played a central role in Christianity from its earliest days, as in the example of the Confessions of St. Augustine.

Confessing one's sins - and performing a prescribed penance - is an important sacrament in the Roman Catholic faith.

Alternate Definitions

Confession in a secular sense is any admission of a wrongdoing, written or spoken.[2]

References

  1. "We commit a venial sin (one which can be forgiven outside confession) [...]" and "God will forgive the sinner of these minor sins if he confesses them to God in prayer with sincere repentance." - Reaching Catholics For Christ: Mortal and Venial Sin
  2. Merriam-Webster - "confession"