From a reader…
I just read through your “ASK FATHER: Can non-Catholics go to confession?” post. For me, as a convert who was validly Baptized outside the Church, and because I had a horrific first Confession experience, it begs the question of when those entering the Church should receive Absolution?
I was in no grave danger when I was received into the Church in 2002 [?] but I knew that I wanted to be absolved BEFORE I received my First Communion at the Easter Vigil….and I absolutely NEEDED that.
So what’s the norm for validly Baptized, non-Catholics entering the Church about to receive their First Communion? We make our second graders go to Confession before receiving Communion, what about adults?
According to the norms of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, baptized Christians who are being received into the Catholic faith should receive the Sacrament of Penance before making their profession of faith (art. 482).
As far as not being in “grave danger” is concerned, none of us know the hour or minute when we will be called before the Lord for judgment.
And to all you Catholics, I say…
GO TO CONFESSION!