Is it necessary to confess how many times one has sinned?

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Is it necessary to confess how many times one has sinned?


To the best of your ability you should confess how many times you committed each grave sin. The Code of Canon Law is clear on this point:

A member of the Christian faithful is obliged to confess in kind and number all grave sins committed after baptism and not yet remitted directly through the keys of the Church nor acknowledged in individual confession, of which the person has knowledge after diligent examination of conscience. (CIC 988)

If you don’t know an exact number, you can give a best estimate or provide an approximation (e.g., “several times”). If you forget to do this or later remember additional occurrences of grave sins, your sins are still forgiven, but you should remember to acknowledge those sins at your next confession.


  1. Pat the Hat Reply

    Should we confess our sins to a priest ?
    And as we say, bless me father, for I have sinned,
    Are we saying this to the priest ?
    I know and believe we should not call a priest, father.

  2. Johan Reply

    if u understand that the priest is not the one forgiving your sins, but he is only there in behalf of God , then you shouldnt have any problem saying father because you would know your not calling the priest father but the one he represents.(God)

  3. greg Reply

    I agree with Johan

  4. Agnes limor Reply

    I will stop worshipping with Catholics if the church should support gay marriage

  5. Patience Reply

    If all other churches support the guy marriage ish, I very well believe that Catholic church wouldn’t.. If they never allowed priests and reverend sisters to get married to the opposite sex, why do you have they feeling that they would accept such satanic idea as guy marriage..

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