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When Considering Whether to Receive Communion, What Constitutes a “Grave Reason” and “Opportunity to Confess?”

Question:

The Code of Canon Law states: "A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess" (CIC 916). In this canon, what constitutes "grave reason" and what is understood as "no opportunity to confess?"

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