So...I've been learning about the Catholic religion some...but I'm not sure how confession works. So bear with me :)
When a Catholic confesses do they do it to the priest, or to the priest AND God?
Now, granted, what I believe the bible to mean, and what Catholics believe the bible to mean are not always the same thing..so I could be 'wrong' here in their eyes, but...to be forgiven for sins, one must confess to God...so IF a person is ONLY confessing to a priest...then are they really forgiven? (Still learning, please remember this...)
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Answer by sweetphoenix529 at 4:12 AM on Dec. 2, 2009
It's not the priest absolving sins it's God through the priest. It's also about humility. Anyone can say a prayer and for forgiveness. (We can also we do it every Sunday with the act of contrition) It's about putting your soul out there. Saying what you did or didn't do. I'll be honest Tonight we are having first reconciliation and and all church. The two things I have to deal with is anger and despair. Confessing these things and talking to the priest helps greatly. Not only does God forgive me through the priest, The priest also helps me to see why I feel this way and what I can do to get better. They are soul physicians. If your really sick you don't just read a medical book and try to fix yourself you go to a doctor. Same thing with confession you go to a soul doctor who can help you heal yourself.
Answer by Anonymous at 5:47 AM on Dec. 2, 2009
In the past confession was meant for very serious sins. It wasn't until about the 1940's through the 1960's that Catholics went to confession regularly. Most do not go today. Confession is a wonderful experience because you are thinking about and praying about doing better. You don't need to go to confession for this.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:35 AM on Dec. 2, 2009
Yes. Confession is a beautiful and cleansing experience. It's very humbling to say your sins out loud to a priest and in early Christian days, it was more public. They did penances in public too.
You have to remember that religion is a spiritual discipline, and confession ( and obedience ) is a necessary part of it. All religions require acts of submission or obedience to gain humility and purity, one of the highest virtues the soul can attain.
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