A web visitor recently sent me this correspondence with a Roman Catholic priest. This is the priest's defense of the heresy of Baptismal Regeneration, which is the lie that you must be water baptized to get into Heaven someday...
Subject: Re: Q about RC Baptism
Thanks for your note.
A person who isn't baptized can't receive the sacrament of confession. A person has to be baptized in order to receive the other sacraments. And baptism, of course, remits all sins.
It is possible that an adult catechumen with a checkered history might desire to prepare for baptism by unburdening his conscience in a confession-like dialogue with a priest.
A priest may accept such a dialogue as a pastoral measure but should make clear that it is not the sacrament of reconciliation and that absolution will not follow the conversation.
I hope this helps.
Father Edward McIlmail, LC
Ask A Priest | RCSpirituality.org
- Jesus DIED on the cross for our sins.
- Jesus was BURIED.
- Jesus RESURRECTED three days later from the dead.