We must now consider confession, about which there are six points for our consideration: (1) The necessity of confession; (2) Its nature; (3) Its minister; (4) Its quality; (5) Its effect; (6) The seal of confession.
Under the first head there are six points of inquiry:
A Whether confession is necessary for salvation?
A Whether confession is according to the natural law?
A Whether all are bound to confession?
A Whether it is lawful to confess a sin of which one is not guilty?
A Whether one is bound to confess at once?
A Whether one can be dispensed from confessing to another man?