According to the
Catechism of the Council of Trent...
administered but once, and cannot be repeated; Penance may by administered and
becomes necessary, as often as we may have sinned after Baptism. Hence the
Council of Trent declares: For those who fall into sin after Baptism the
Sacrament of Penance is as necessary to salvation as is Baptism for those who
have not been already baptized. This saying of St. Jerome that Penance is a
second plank, is universally known and highly commended by all subsequent
writers on sacred things. As he who suffers shipwreck has no hope of safety,
unless, perchance, he seize on some plank from the wreck, so he that suffers the
shipwreck of baptismal innocence, unless he clings to the saving plank of
Penance, has doubtless lost all hope of salvation." (emphasis added)
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