Confession and classification of sin
Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:13 AM
I was hoping to get an informed view about the Orthodox Church's practice of Confession.
What guidelines does the Orthodox Church use today (in comparison to the early Church, for example) to delineate sins that should be healed in the Sacrament of Confession from those that can be 'healed' by prayer? Is the 'mortal'/'venial' distinction in practical use nowadays?
Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
Yours in Christ,
Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:56 PM
Herman the Pooh
Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:55 PM
Though some Greek priests advise to people not to confess every small sins only the ones that are bothering their concious.
I tend to use the one called 20 torments which you can find on the following site: www.orthodox.net
Posted 20 August 2011 - 09:45 AM
We don't do "mortal/venal". Sin is sin and should be confessed.."
Herman the Pooh
Thanks for your replies. I'm not sure I can agree with you however Herman, the reason being that I'm aware that one of the Canons of the 6th Ecumenical Council declared that "For all sins are not similar, but different and specific, and represent many aspects of harm from which evil develops and disperses further, unless it is stopped by the healing power."
From further reading, the existence of the Exomologetarion by St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite also seems to support some method of categorisation of sin. I'm not saying that one is necessarily better than the other but we seem to have a diversity of practice.
Posted 20 August 2011 - 01:15 PM
We acknowledge that certain sins are more serious than others, but we don't get hung up on classification or over-definition. We don't, as a rule, use "mortal" and "venal" like the Catholic Church so much. My point is that we can get hung up on the "serious" sins and just let the "little sins" go untreated, which can still cause sickness and death. But I am not a qualified or trained spiritual physician and gladly step aside for those who actually know what they are talking about.
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