How Much Should You Share in Confession? (Trending with Timmerie)

Do you get nervous in Confession? You might wonder how specific you need to be about your sins. You’re not alone.

In this episode of the “Trending with Timmerie,” a listener named Maria from Chicago reached out with a question about the Catholic Church’s teaching on Confession. Maria mentioned that during confession, a priest asked her for specific details about impure acts, which left her feeling uncomfortable and ashamed.

Timmerie discussed Maria’s question, emphasizing the importance of being honest and humble when going to confession. She mentioned that it’s customary to provide the number and kind of sins committed. If a priest requires more context, there is a difference between offering context and sharing explicit, scandalous details.

Timmerie acknowledged that sometimes people might withhold information during confession, and priests may sense this and ask clarifying questions. In such cases, it’s essential to respond prudentially and honestly. However, Timmerie encouraged listeners to exercise prudential judgment and caution when asked for explicit details, emphasizing the importance of confessing sins without holding anything back while avoiding explicit and scandalous disclosures.

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