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Going to confession for going to confession?

Von: Fr. Pat (frpato.p@gmail.com) [Profil]
Datum: 14.12.2009 03:10
Message-ID: <dd974ce9-c035-44b9-9550-bd5d42340dd3@f18g2000prf.googlegroups.com>
Newsgroup: alt.philosophy.kant
Are there instances where individuals feel the need to go to
confession for going to confession?  Sort of like apologizing for
apologizing.  An example might be if the year were 1943 and a Nazi
asked, "Are there any Jews in the attic?" The person would abviously
lie and say "No."  Then the person might get confused and ask God for
forgiveness.  Then they might "go back to their old ways" and ask God
for forgiveness again because they felt that their lie was justified
(to save human lives).

Tim McVeigh, a Catholic and a Republican, went to confession with a
Catholic priest before he was executed by his own government. There
are rumors, probably apocryphal, that he went to confession again
because he "came to his senses" and realized his actions were done
with innocent, i.e. good intentions.

Your thoughts, please.

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