Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Follow Up: Perfect Contrition and Holy Communion

I received a follow-up question to my blog entry addressing Perfect Contrition and Confession, and it concerns the reception of Holy Communion:

Can someone receive Holy Communion having committed mortal sin and made an act of perfect contrition before they go to confession?

No, not under ordinary circumstances:
Can. 916 A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible. - Code of Canon Law, Can. 916
Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in the state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of penance. - Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1415

Thank you again for reading.

God bless.

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