Sacrament of Penance
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priest sometimes refuse abolition? If so, what to do?
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Q. Does the
priest ever refuse absolution to a penitent?
A. The priest
must and does refuse absolution to a penitent when the thinks the penitent is
not rightly disposed for the Sacrament. He sometimes postpones the absolution
till the next confession, either for the good of the penitent or for the sake of
better preparation - especially when the person has been a long time from
Q. What should a
person do when the priest has refused or postponed absolution?
A. When the
priest has refused or postponed absolution, the penitent should humbly submit to
his decision, follow his instructions, and endeavor to remove whatever prevented
the giving of the absolution and return to the same confessor with the necessary
dispositions and resolution of amendment.
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