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Does the Church still teach you have to go to confession before receiving Communion?

Question:

Does the Church still teach you have to go to confession before receiving Communion? My pastor says you don&#039;t. <br />

Answer:

Your pastor may say you don’t, but canon law says you do—at least if you know you’re guilty of any unconfessed mortal sin. According to canon 916,

A person who is conscious of a grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or to receive the body of Christ without prior sacramental confession unless a grave reason is present and there is no opportunity for confessing; in this case the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make a perfect act of contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible.

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