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Concerned Charlie wrote:

Hi, guys —

Sometimes I forget to genuflect when entering and exiting the church pew in my parish or at our Eucharistic Chapel.

  • Are these sinful acts?

I do have Attention Deficit Disorder aka Asperger's Syndrome. As a result, I have anxiety Issues and difficulties managing my emotions.

Thank you in advance for your answer.

God Bless You!



  { Is it a sin if I forget to kneel (when entering or exiting) my pew in the church or the Adoration Chapel? }

Mike replied:

Dear Charlie,

It is not a sin to forget to kneel or genuflect before entering a pew especially since there was no intent not to kneel or genuflect.

Kneeling or genuflecting (before entering) or (when exiting) is a pew is a very proper, Catholic thing to do because we are acknowledging the Real Presence of Our Blessed Lord behind the altar in the tabernacle.


  1. these are (customs/traditions small (t)), and
  2. there was not malicious intention on your part (not to kneel or genuflect) before either entering or existing the pew.


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