Dan says.......That's what happens. Nothing about having to make full restitution immediately or turn oneself into law-enforcement.<quoted text>
I gave you the Form of Confession.
That's what happens. Nothing about having to make full restitution immediately or turn oneself into law-enforcement. I'm not saying that these individual situations cannot occur, but it's not the Form fo Confession.
It's a confessional, not an interrogation room.
Confessing your sin is being responsible. That's why Catholics have to do it. They don't simply state "that's between me and God.".
Michael says.....I would believe the right thing to do would to be upfront with your crime.
.... If you stole a bicycle you return it. If you hit your spouse you apologize. If you sexually molested someone how can you be forgiven in the confessional if you have no intention to apologize to the victim, who is suffering, and notify police of your crime?
How could an offending priest/bishop hear my confession, and give me advice, if they aren't doing it themselves.
Truth, and honesty is the best policy. Its obvious church offenders didn't live by those virtues..........but they tell you to!