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Why do Catholics go to Confession?

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John Martignoni explains in 2 minutes why catholics confess their sin to a priest rather than straight to God.


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  1. Anthony
    1 month ago

    Matthew 9: 6-8: Jesus tells us that He was given authority on earth to forgive sins (a power reserved to God alone) and proves it with miraculous healings and then Scripture notes this same authority was given to “men” (plural). Is this merely a figure of speech? St. John's Gospel makes it clear Jesus intended to give this sacrament to men:

    John 20: 21-23: In his very first Resurrection appearance our Lord gives this awesome power to his Apostles with the words:

    “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” How could they forgive sins if they were not confessed? They could not. This authority comes through the gift of the Holy Spirit which precedes it.

    Does this remind of you what He told Peter and then the other apostles? “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 16:19), and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”(Mt. 18:18) This includes sins. Jesus allowed for us to receive spiritual consolation and counsel in this beautiful Sacrament of the Church. We see this awesome power in other sacraments as well. What today we call the Sacrament of the sick. Again, we look to Scripture:

    James 5: 14-17: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another …”

    (Notice that Scripture does not say we should go to just anyone because we are all priests as Christians. It singles out the presbyters and clearly depicts them as having the power and authority to act as mediators in the forgiveness of sins and healing). The existence of a common priesthood for all God’s people did not exclude a special calling for tthe pastors of the Church to be priests.

    Notice the command does not say confess your sins straight to God. Notice also who they are to go to the “elders” (bishops or priests—see the Acts 14: 23; Acts 15: 2 for example).

    1John 1: 9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The word confess has an oral/verbal or proclamation meaning. St. Paul describes his ministry as one of reconciliation of sinners:

    2 Corinthians 5: 18: “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation .

    2 Corinthians 5:20 "We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.


    Apostles given authority by Jesus Mt. 10:1

    Those who reject persons sent by Christ reject Christ Lk. 10:16

    The Apostles are sent by Jesus Jn. 20:21

    THe Apostles ordained men through the laying on of hands Acts 6:6

    Elders appointed in each Church Acts 14:23 (the word priest is derived from the greek word "presbuteros" (which means elder).

  2. Christina
    1 year ago

    I like what you showed but I am still curious about why you confess your sins to a priest. What about the verse 1 Timothy 2:5- "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus"

    Doesn't that mean that ONLY Jesus can ask God to forgive you. And if so does that mean that when someone is confessing their sins to a priest that they priest is taking those sins to Jesus and NOT directly to God?

    And as for the part of confessing your sins to one another doesn't that mean that when you sin against someone you should confess to the person you sinned against and ask them to forgive you. And if they do not forgive you then their sins will not be forgiven.

    I am truly curious about this. I grew up Methodist and have asked Catholic friends about this but they themselves are not completely sure.

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