Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
XP: Treatise On Contrition
Q[9] Of The Quality Of Confession
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We must now consider the quality of confession: under which head there are four points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether confession can be lacking in form?

A[2] Whether confession ought to be entire?

A[3] Whether one can confess through another, or by writing?

A[4] Whether the sixteen conditions, which are assigned by the masters, are necessary for confession?