Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
XP: Treatise On Contrition
Q[6] Of Confession, As Regards Its Necessity
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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[1] Whether confession is necessary for salvation?

A[2] Whether confession is according to the natural law?

A[3] Whether all are bound to confession?

A[4] Whether it is lawful to confess a sin of which one is not guilty?

A[5] Whether one is bound to confess at once?

A[6] Whether one can be dispensed from confessing to another man?