Vatican City, Mar 27, 2020 / 04:00 am
Imagine that Michael, a practicing Catholic, committed a mortal sin yesterday.
Normally, Michael would go to confession. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, he can't. It simply isn't available. What can Michael do?
Despite some creative efforts by priests to continue to offer the confessions during the pandemic, country-wide lockdowns and stay-at-home orders mean that Catholics around the world are finding it difficult to seek God's forgiveness in the confessional.
So when Catholics like Michael can't seek God's mercy in confession, the Church teaches that it is possible to repent in another way: through an "act of perfect contrition."
But what is an act of perfect contrition?