Term used by RC theologians: hatred of sin arising from love of the offended God is called perfect contrition; arising from other motives (fear of hell and of punishment, realization of the heinousness of sin), attrition. They teach that attrition alone does not justify, but that by it the penitent, being assisted, prepares a way for himself unto justice (Council of Trent, Sess. XIV, ch. 4), and that if, with attrition, he properly receives the sacrament of penance he is justified. See also Contrition; Indulgences, 1.
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