The Sacrament of Penance

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    CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: The Sacrament of Penance

    If you confess your sins to Christ he is just to forgive them, then why bdo the Catholics want you to confess them to a priest so he can give you forgiveness, he's not Christ.
     
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    Catholics view priests as Christs' stand in. You could kind of think of the priest as 'channeling' the almighty.
     
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    Don't they know they can cut out the middle man and go straito christ.
     
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    No, I think they consider the priest a Christ equivalent, but in human form.
     
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    There are some progressive churches that grant "blanket" forgiveness for folks who are intimidated by the confessional. I am one of those. My kids are not.

    One of the changes I noticed when my kids had their first penance is that it is not even called "confession" or "penance" anymore It's called "reconciliation" and it's about making amends to those you have hurt. What a positive turn around.

    Sounds a lot like AA, doesn't it? Lol
     
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    But aren't you allowed to go straight to Christ in prayer, you know if you ask him forgiveness he will forgive you, and as far as the hurt of others the lords prayer say "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." That will take of that.
     
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    That's what most Catholics do froggy. We are supposed to go to confession once a month, but to be honest, I don't know too many adults who do that. The Catholic Church has way too many rules. Hard to keep up. lol

    From a psychological standpoint, telling your trespasses aloud may have a greater impact than just thinking and praying about them. Like I said, my children and many of their friends feel it is cleansing. Not unlike therapy.
     
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    the confessional is one of the most intimidating and scary spots in the world! :eek:

    Especially if you waited ten years to finally make the attempt.....

    Bless me father for I have sinned....it has been 10 years since my last confession, and these are my sins.... :eek:

    I will never forget that particular experience the rest of my life!
     
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    You expecting LOGIC in religion?

    Good luck with that.
     
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    And all that could have been done while riding down the road in your car.
     

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