Forgiveness without the Sacrament
Only stay at home Catholics are eligible for salvation today. And they don’t need a priest to be absolved of their sins, so said the infallible council of Trent.
The reason we do not need a priest today to be absolved of all our sins is 2-fold: 1) the Council of Trent tells us that if there are no priests then God forgives this mortal sin and counts it as if it were already absolved by one of His priests and 2) there are not priests anymore to confect the sacrament.
Therefore, in these end times, perfect acts of contrition will suffice for the forgiveness of all of our sins.
What must any true stay-at-home Catholic Know (and do!) when faced with the dilemma of being in mortal sin now that there are no more priests in the world today? We answer that here.
This Is the Great Apostasy… Now, How Do We Make Sure Our Souls Survive It?
The Roman Catholic Church gives us the answer, especially in Her greatest of all infallible councils thus far, the Holy Synod of Trent. Read on to see the evidence and logic. Indeed, to find assurance of salvation whilst trying to obey God during the Great Apostasy.
Regarding the Sacrament of Confession, St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica took up the topic of “whether it is ever lawful to confess to another than a priest?”
“Objection 1: [T]he dispensing of a sacrament belongs to none but the minister of a sacrament. Since then the proper minister of Penance is a priest, it seems that confession should be made to no one else.”
St. Thomas then refutes this objection by stating:
“Now satisfaction originates from the minister in so far as he enjoins it, and from the penitent who fulfills it; and, for the fullness of the sacrament, both these things should concur when possible. But when there is reason for urgency, the penitent should fulfill his own part, by being contrite and confessing to whom he can; and although this person cannot perfect the sacrament, so as to fulfill the part of the priest by giving absolution, yet this defect is supplied by the High Priest.” (Summa, Supp. 8, 2, Emphasis Supplied)
The “High Priest” is of course Christ. It is noteworthy that St. Thomas doesn’t say that absolution could or might be supplied by Christ. He says that it “is supplied.” (“Summas Sacerdos supplet.”)
So here we have a case where the penitent does all that is within his power and can do no more, and St. Thomas states that God will supply that which is wanting by substituting in for the priest. If there is no priest to pronounce the words of absolution, then God Himself will do it.
The same conditions that St. Thomas outlined here are also present with Traditionalists (false Catholic priests & bishops) as well. Here too is “urgency” as well as the incapacity of doing more. Like the penitent, they too have “fulfilled their own part” and can do nothing more. So why wouldn’t Christ, in such an instance, supply for what is wanting? Especially since the “reason for urgency” is not a single penitent, as is the case which St. Thomas addresses, but rather the welfare of many?
Sacrament of Penance is NOT available today, but Absolution Still is
A real Catholic knows he needs a priest—if he is available–in order to have his mortal sins absolved. A well-informed Catholic also knows he can’t go to a non-Catholic priest to get this absolution.
Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, 1439: “All these sacraments are made up of three elements: namely, things as the matter, words as the form, and the person of the minister who confers the sacrament with the intention of doing what the Church does. If any of these is lacking, the sacrament is not effected.”
But can you go to confession to a non-Catholic?
You cannot. And how can a supposed priest who doesn’t have a true pope—as is the case today–be a true Catholic minister? He cannot.
Again, we should recall that St. Robert Bellarmine, de Romano Pontifice, Bk. 2, Chapter 40 said, “The Holy Fathers teach unanimously not only that heretics are outside of the Church, but also that they are ipso facto deprived of all ecclesiastical jurisdiction and dignity.”
Rev. Ignatius Szal states in his “Communication of Catholics with Schismatics,” (Catholic Univ. Of America dissertation, 1948): “The reception of holy Orders from the hands of schismatic bishops has practically always been forbidden by the Church. Rarely has the Holy See ever considered it necessary to receive orders from a schismatic bishop. The prohibition to receive holy Orders at the hands of a schismatic bishop is contained in the general prohibition against active religious communication as expressed in Can. 1258§1[canon on communicatio in sacris].” Also from Rev. Szal: “On August 7, 1704, The Holy Office also stated that, “The decree which prohibited Catholics from being present at the Masses and prayers of schismatics applied also in those places where there were no Catholic priests and with reference to such prayers as contained nothing contrary to faith and the Catholic rite…On May 15, 1709, the Holy Office forbade Catholics to hear the confession of schismatics or to confess to them…Under no circumstances, not even in the case of necessity, according to a response of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith on Feb. 17, 1761, was it permissible for a Catholic to confess his sins to a schismatic priest in order to obtain absolution from him…” On two other occasions, May 10, 1753, and April 17, 1758, the Holy See again forbade Catholics to participate in the masses of schismatics. In 1769, certain priests “were called to task for joining in the celebration of Mass with schismatics. The ignorance was inexcusable, and the act was a sacrilege which violated the true faith.”
So true. These so-called priest are no more Catholics than the so-called Pope. They are all heretics. None have jurisdiction and none are Catholics to begin with.
What are we to do then since there’s no Sacrament of Confession available?
The Council of Trent gives us the clear and infallible solution. For the Tridentine Fathers via the Solemn Magisterium assure us regarding the Sacrament of Penance:
“Whence it is to be taught that the penitence of a Christian after his fall is very different from that at baptism; and that therein are included not only cessation from sins and a detestation thereof, or a contrite and humble heart but also the sacramental confession of the said sins at least in desire and to be made in its season and sacerdotal absolution…” (Translated from the original Latin into English by Canon Waterworth as of 1848, from Chapter 14 of the Decree on Justification, Session 6. Published by Devin-Adair Company in 1912 in New York City..)
“The synod teaches, moreover, that although it sometimes happen that this contrition is perfect through charity, and reconciles man with God before this sacrament be actually received, the said reconciliation, nevertheless, is not to be ascribed to that contrition, independently of the desire of the sacrament which is included therein.” (Ibid., pp.92-94. From Chapter 4 of the Doctrine on the Sacrament of Penance, Session 14.)
“If anyone saith that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; let him be anathema. And for fear lest so great a sacrament may be received unworthily [out of concern that no Catholic takes the Eucharist in the state of mortal sin], and so unto death and condemnation , this holy synod ordains and declares sacramental confession, when a confessor may be had, is of necessity to be made beforehand, by those whose conscience is burdened with mortal sin, how contrite even soever they may think themselves (Ibid., p.84. From Canon 11 of the Decree Concerning the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, Session 13.)
Perfect Contrition and the Intention to Confess.
Read more about this on this website in the section entitled Catholicism. What does this all mean?
My dear soul, it means a Catholic person can have perfect contrition for his mortal sin and seriously intend to confess this mortal sin to a Catholic priest as soon as such a man is available for him to do so, while, in the meantime. God forgives this mortal sin and counts it as if it were already absolved by one of His priests.
Because our shepherds at Trent did prepare us for the very situation that we face: the forgiveness of our mortal sins without a priest to whom we may turn.
Make it simple: how is forgiveness of our mortal sins obtained without a priest?
Via perfect contrition and an intent to confess.
Sorrow for your sin not merely because the sin is so ugly or you’re afraid of going to hell for it, but because you love God above all things and you are sorry to have offended him by your commission of this ugly and hellish sin.
And what is an intent to confess? It means you seriously and honestly intend to confess your mortal sins to a truly Catholic priest as soon as such a man is reasonably available for you to go to.
Yet without a priest, how do we make sure our contrition is perfect? Look at our section on Act of Contrition for more on this. https://truecatholics.org/catholicism/act-of-contrition/
Where so many people go wrong
Those who are proud, ignorant and impatient assume it’s impossible to have mortal sins forgiven without a priest to confess to. Or they assume that God wouldn’t ever allow us to get into this type of predicament
Neither is true. It’s up to every individual to be humble and patient enough to accept the reality of the terrible times in which we live and to believe and do what God through his holy Catholic Church had ordained for his small remnant specially chosen to live in those days.