In Roman Catholic thought, forgiveness of sin is achieved through the

Sacrament of Penance (Rite of Reconciliation). The person must make an Act

of Contrition, have Intention to perform the penance and receive priestly

absolution. The sins are then forgiven and eternal punishment is remitted.

Some of the temporal punishment still remains.

Outside of the Sacrament of Penance, sins can be forgiven by an Act of

Perfect Contrition, which remits all punishment. Mortal sins thus forgiven

must be confessed to a priest before receiving any other Sacraments.

An Act of Imperfect Contrition (Attrition) can also bring about

forgiveness of venial sins but doesn't take care of temporal punishment.


The Roman Catholic Church knows nothing of complete removal of sins (Psalm

103:12) and forgiveness (I John 1:9).

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