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Michael Daschke wrote:

Hi, guys —

Matthew 12:36-37 states:

12 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

  • How are we judged for every careless word if we have confessed?
  { If we have gone to Confession, how can we be judged for every careless word as Matthew 12 states? }

Eric replied:

Dear Michael,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

The eternal consequences of sins we repent of and disclose in Confession are forgiven, but there are two elements here.

  1. One is sins that we do not repent of, and it is easy to say careless words and not repent.
  2. Two, sins have consequences that are not remitted in the absolution of confession; this is where Purgatory comes into play (see 1 Corinthians 3:12-15).
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