What are the rules for confessing abortion? I was talked into an one many years ago and I don't know if I understand all the rules for confessing this, and don't know who to ask. Does it have to be face to face or can I use the screen? Saying the words aloud is the worst. I tried once but I was so scared that I ended up making a making a vague confession that I am not sure it counted.
We are so sorry for the pain that this is causing you and hope that we can help you through it. Before the Year of Mercy, which ended last Sunday in ordinary time (November 20th) abortion was in a class of sins which required a higher authority than a priest to absolve. A woman might have to confess her sin to a bishop, for example, rather than her parish priest.
During the Year of Mercy, the Holy Father granted the faculties to any priest to forgive the sin of abortion. Even though the year of Mercy has ended, the Pope has extended this ability to all priests.
You are allowed to confess face to face or anonomously (behind the screen) for any sin. You may confess in whatever way that you are most comfortable.
When confessing any sin, you should be as specific as possible, including the nature and the number of times committed, to the best of your ability. Abortion is no different.
Once you are absolved of this sin in sacramental confession, you may still feel remorse and guilt. The Church as a ministry called Rachel's Vineyard (http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/) that is specifically geared to assist women who have suffered the trauma of abortion.
We hope that this has helped. Please do not hesitate to see a priest as soon as possible and write back if you need clarification or more information..