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Catholics Confess Sin To Others

Why do the Catholics feel like they need someone to confess their sins to? Jesus said that he is the only mediator between man and God.

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Jesus said "Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another..that YOU MAY BE HEALED..." James 5-16
So you must do as God has told you.
AS you see Catholic follow he said.
---lisa on 12/4/07

Catholics Do not confess their sins to Others But to people appointed BY God Matt28:18-20Therefore they are the representatives of Christ.People who go to confession are not forgiven by a priest but By God Himself as The figure head of Christ is present at this sacrament Hence the pennance given is by Christ in acknowledgemnt foriu Sins.Repent means to turn around,This is what we do.
---Emcee on 11/5/07

If you FORGIVE THE SINS of any, they are forgiven, if you RETAIN the SINS of any, they are retained.
Jesus gave authority to the church on earth, His disciples / apostles to forgive and retain.

They and His priests / pastors follow what Jesus said to do,like the disciples were given this from God.
---Lisa on 11/5/07

John::Being a catholic as you claim You did not grasp the meaning of Confession. Therefore whose fault is it.Jesus Clearly stated in Matt28::18-20.The choice however is yours.Jesus said I came to save sinners apparantly you are not in need of a physician.
---Emcee on 10/29/07

I used to be Catholic and this always puzzeled me too. James 5:16 says... " Therefore CONFESS your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed..."(NIV), but when you confess to a Catholic priest it is different. When you go into a confessional they want you to say..." forgive me father for I have sinned ". This is wrong according to the word. Call no man Father, but your Heavenly Father. They set themselves up as gods, not to mention the repetitious prayers they want you to pray for penance. This is not scriptual. God bless.
---John on 10/28/07


You need to get up to date:

Catholc Catechism 131-133:

[The Church] "forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures [Bible]. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

Please back up your statement about Church attitudes in the 21st century to Bible study. Catholics have also undergone thier own Reformation since then.
---Delmus on 4/18/07

You would have to go find the truth in the history of the Catholic Church. In the dark ages they did not allow the normal people to have the Bible so they could control them. Now after Hundreds of years it is just an acceptable tradition that goes against the Bible! Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mar 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
---Delmus on 4/2/07

Tut tut tut... People talking about things they know little about
---Shane on 8/27/06

Alan, I was not debating the issue but simply clarifying the statement.
---A_Catholic on 5/20/06

A Catholic ... I thought I had agreed with Emcee, but now you seem to be saying that it is necessary to confess to a priest, and not direct to God? I do not agree with that, I am afraid. Although some here will say it is evil to do that, I do not think that confessing to God with the companionship and help of a priest is satanic. But it is not necassary
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/20/06

Betty, priests are bound by strictest secrecy regarding what is told to them in confession. There has never been a known case where this secrecy was broken.
---A_Catholic on 5/20/06

Alan, sorry to butt in and not sure if you or I have mis/understood Emcee.

In the RCC a penitent confesses sins to the priest but s/he has to make an act of contrition to God - one has to feel sorry for having sinned. That is part of the condition that the sin will be absolved by the priest in the name of the F, S and H.S.
---A_Catholic on 5/20/06

Just be sure you can trust that person You are telling your fault's or sin to because you are expecting them to pray with you about it and they may just be telling about it then it's all over the church
---Betty on 5/20/06

confessing your faults is letting others know that you also are growing in the Lord and working out your savation with fear and trembling. we confess sin to Jesus our mediator. exzucuh
---Exzucuh on 4/6/06

Helen5378 We are told to confess our faults one to another. That does not mean we must publicly tell everyone in church our every sin. We should also ask forgiveness of the individuals that we have sinned against, when that is possible. However Jesus is the one who can forgive ALL our sins.Those from long ago but not previously confessed, those that we cannot confess publicly because others might be harmed by such information etc.
---M.P. on 4/6/06

There is absolutely everything wrong with confessing sins to another human being.....they are not the one who died on the Cross as a Sacrifice for sin ---- the Lord Jesus Christ did that and He is the only One who can forgive sin.
---Helen_5378 on 4/6/06

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the Bible says confess your faults one to another and pray for one another that you may be healed.
---Robert on 4/6/06

In the old testment they confess to the priest i think this is where they get this teaching from. But we are to confess to Jesus
be cause he is the high priest.
---Betty on 4/6/06

Wendell-( They that do the will of my Father are my mother, brother, and sister.)Mary did the will of the Father do unto me according to thy will!
---ruben on 5/18/05

Jesus made it very clear that no human being is to be raised above any other. What did He tell the disciple that announced His mother and brothers? They that do the will of my Father are my mother, brother, and sister. He didn't place either of them above the other! To think that a human being can take your prayers to Jesus, is to relegate His word to mere "words"!
---Wendell on 5/16/05

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There is no other mediator between Man and God (the Father) except the Son (the Word). Not even Mary (who is a dead as anyone else who ever died) can carry your message! Why pray to someone who can't do you any good? Better to keep your prayers to the Son of the living God!
---Wendell on 5/16/05

Emcee ... Thank you. One of the problems is that the anti-Catholics say that the Roman Catholic Church only accepts confession to a priest, and I'm glad to read that "direct repentance" to God without the priest as intermediary is accepted by the RCC.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/1/05

Alan of Uk:I have read all blogs for & against;in order to grasp the concept of Confession you have to be a practicing Catholic.To understand & believe,that an ordinary man in a confessional can hear your sins & forgive,Is a concept,True contrition within your self known only to God fulfills this condition.The priest is just a representative , as a Judge in the court.Jesus Instituted the sacrament of confession himself as you know.
---Emcee on 4/28/05

Alan-(This John passage may appear) It does appear not may, The people were in awe that MEN were given power to forgive sins, they can go to MEN as will as GOD. Sins are to GOD to forgive and JESUS tells the apostles to continue to what he was doing while on EARTH. He BREATHE the HOLY SPIRIT on them, the only time GOD use the word BREATHE was in GENESIS when he breathe on the NOSTRIL of MAN!!
---ruben on 4/18/05

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Ruben ... the men mentioned in the John passage 20, 22-23 were therefore not the "men" mentioned in Matthew.

This John passage may appear to give the Apostles the power to forgive SINS, and not just wrongs committed againt them, but elsewhere in the Bible it is clear only God can forgive sins, so this must mean that they are given the power to express the forgiveness of God.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/13/05

Ruben ... you say "But scriptures also said that GOD gave authority to MEN Matthew 9:8"

This is where the people were filled with awe, that God had given authority tio forgive "to men"

But clearly they were in awe that the power had been given to the man Jesus, not to any other men.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/13/05

Ruben I don't know why you are arguing with me or where you are coming from. Jesus said, when the disciples asked how do we pray "forgive us our trespasses AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US". I take that to mean we are to forgive each other after confessing to each other.
---F.F. on 4/13/05

F.F.-Confessing your sins and forgiving each other is different. Scriptures tells us that some of the scribes said to themselves this man is blaspheming, only GOD can forgive sins. But scriptures also said that GOD gave authority to MEN Matthew 9:8.We find out who these MEN are in JOHN chapter 20:22-23, lets go back to what you said we are to forgive each other for the sins we commited to , but it says WHOSE sins you RETAIN are RETAINED. How can that be when PETER ask Jesus if my brother sins against me how often must i forgive him, 7 times, jesus said not 7 but 77 times,Matt 18:21-22
---ruben on 4/12/05

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Ruben would you care to re-read my posting? Nowhere do I say confess everything to everybody. I said that I believe it is alright to confess to another human being (singular) and ask the person whom we have sinned against to forgive us. Doing so is good for us and for them. But sometimes we simply cannot do that or put things right but we have the assurance that, if we are truly penitent God will forgive totally.
---F.F. on 4/12/05

Right on Ruben! This scripture is SO important to understanding Confession. "And when he (Jesus) had said this, he breathed on them (Apostles), and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If YOU forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.' " This is an Apostolic practice, dating back to Christ himself. Protestantism only dates back to the 1500s so much of the teaching of the Church from its very beginning is not understood by non-Catholic believers. The Catholic Church clings to the teachings of our Lord in Scripture! Peace, all!
---Judi on 4/12/05

F.F.(There is nothing wrong in confessing our sins to another human being). OK so we are to confess our sins to each others, sins like sexual immortatilty, envy, pride, lust, adultery, gossiping etc., then I suppose someone is going to tell me your SINS are forgiven go and sin no more. I do not think Jesus was asking that! He left authority to the APOSTLES to do that and they in turn pass it on to the next generations and so forth.
---ruben on 4/12/05

There is nothing wrong in confessing our sins to another human being and asking the person that we have sinned against to forgive us but only God can forgive us totally for every sin we have ever committed and also then FORGET it. We humans have a problem with the forget side of it. Yes Alan, some regulars are missing. I wonder if they just think that the forums have finished and that's it. I did for quite some time then decided to see what blogs meant and here I am - back again.
---F.F. on 4/12/05

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Doug John Chapter 20 verses 21-23 "Peace be with you. As the FATHER sent ME, even so I send YOU(APOSTLES)." And when he had said this, he BREATHED on them(APOSTLES), and said to them, "Receive the HOLY SPIRIT . If you FORGIVE THE SINS of any, they are forgiven; if you RETAIN the SINS of any, they are retained.
---ruben on 4/11/05

Doug- Matthew Chapter 9 verse 5 -8 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? But that you may know that the SON OF MAN has AUTHORITY on EARTH to FORGIVE SINS" --he then said to the paralytic--"Rise, take up your bed and go home." And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such AUTHORITY TO MEN.
---ruben on 4/11/05

The bible says with the mouth cofession is being made unto salvation and Christ also say come unto me... not unto any priest, if God want that in His plan for salvation He would have put it clearly in the bible.At this point you don't have to mistake it for councelling and guidiance because the bible says iron shapenet iron and we should also encourage each other in the Lord and this is not restricted to the priesthood office alone but as many that are more expose to the word of God than you do.
---Oluwatosin on 4/11/05

ruben. You have it twisted. You have part of it right, that yes, Jesus was human, but He was also God, and no other man was God. A priest can not forgive your sins like God can. We can only forgive each other for offences committed against one another, that's different.
---Doug on 4/9/05

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Yes Alan the priest does give you absolution by the AUTHORITY given to him by JESUS himself. Again can someone please explained to in Matthew Chapter 9 verses 8" When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and GLORIED GOD who had given such AUTHORITY to HUMAN BEING.
---ruben on 4/9/05

In continuation christians have difficulty in confessing to a man, because it takes a lot of fortitude to openly declare to another the sins he has committed, it is a kind of shame which can be avoided, as they think. People who contritely confess recieve blessings & graces, the catholic church has strict rules which other denominations dont comprehend. Sorry it is true.when you go before a court all is declared.
---Emcee on 4/8/05

This is maligned,controversy.It is for enlightenment.After the Resurrection Jesus delegated this responsibility to His disciples John20v20-23 The reason we say "Father forgive me for I have sinned" is to acknowledge that he is Gods representative in the confessional he grants you absolution but the sins being forgiven is dependant on your own True contrition which is in your heart know only to God; if you go into the confessional without that contrition your sin is not absolved you have made a bad confession only you & Almighty God knows that. True contrition absolves the sin.
---Emcee on 4/8/05

The Catholic Church confiscated hundreds of copies of the Bible in the Middle Ages when it was discovered that there were several errors in transcription of this particular copy! The Word of God is a precious gift, and always has been to the Church. It was guarded as much as possible for 15 centuries before the printing press could mass produce it. It is held in high honor today.
---Judi on 4/8/05

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The most pointed NT reference to the theology of the spiritual fatherhood of priests is Pauls statement, "I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel" (1 Cor. 4:1415). Paul regularly referred to Timothy as his child: "Therefore I sent to you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child..." (1 Cor. 4:17); "To Timothy, my true child in the faith..." (1 Tim. 1:2) and many more references.
---Judi on 4/8/05

How do Catholics feel about confessing to a priest who may be living in sin? No one knows another's heart, suppose he's like many we have read about and is a child molester? Just wondering. Skip the man and go straight to God in Jesus' name.
---Kathay on 4/7/05

Ruben ... I think all I can say is that I can talk, listen and confess direct with God.

Mind you, I can see that it might on occasion be good to confess one's sins, inadequacies, lack of understanding etc with a man of God, who may chastise or teach. That can be valuable, but I do not think I need a priest to forgive me.

I do not know but does a priest when giving absolution discuss how the sins might be avoided in the future?
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/6/05

Hey ruben, wake up! When we are supposed to call no man Father it does not mean our earthly father, it means our Heavenly Father.
---Francis on 4/6/05

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All I have to say is that the only person I need to ask forgiveness for my sins is Jesus Christ. There is no scripture that says confess your sins to a priest. I respect other religions but a priest cannot forgive me of my sins. Only Jesus Christ. He died on the cross to save us all from our sins. He offers us salvation and it's free. All we have to do is ask him to come into our heart. When we do that, then all sins have been forgiven. And we will all sin again but God will forgive us. We just need to ask HIM.
---Stephanie on 4/6/05

Hi Alan But can you atleast explain to me What Men did he give powers to? Thanks looking forward to your answer...
---ruben on 4/6/05

Ruben ... welcome to the BLOGS.

I had noticed that several regulars were missing since forums changed to BLOGS, and yours was one name I missed.

So I'm glad you are back!

You know I will disagree with you on this subject, as we have been through it all before, so I won't say any more at present.

God bless
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/5/05

HI Why Catholics confess our sins to MAN> In Matthew chapter 9 verse 6-9 this is what it says Jesus ask what is easier to say'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? But that you may know that the SON OF MAN has authority on EARTH to forgive sins" he then said to the paralytic"Rise, take up your bed and go home." And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to (MEN). What MEN did he give power to. If you read John 20 veses 22-24 you will get the answer.
---ruben on 4/5/05

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Hello First of all if you are going to use James 5:16, how about verses 14-15 , Does your CHURCH anoint the sick and lay there hands on you. And about the part of do not call no one FATHER, do you call your DAD FATHER, then explain to me the commandment HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER. PSALM 136 is a prayer that you repeat the same words over and over again, are we suppose to bypass this verse,Jesus himself repeated the same prayers several times.
---ruben on 4/5/05

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