“CONFESSION/SACRAMENT OF PENANCE”
-those who approach the Sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against Him, and at the same time, to the Church
It is also called:
*CCC 1423: SACRAMENT OF CONVERSION
-through this, we are converted to God, which we are strayed away from Him because of sin
*CCC 1423: SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
-it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal ecclesial steps of conversion, penance and satisfaction
*CCC 1424: SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION
-the sacrament where you confess your sins to the Priest, acknowledgement and praise of the holiness of God and of His mercy.
*CCC 1424: SACRAMENT OF FORGIVENESS
-by the priest’s absolution, God grants the penitent pardon and peace
*CCC 1424: SACRAMENT OF RECONCILITAION
-the Sacrament where we can be reconciled to God.
Objection from anti-Catholics:
*we are not going to confess our sins to the priests for they are also sinners
*they are like brooms. Maybe they are dirty but they are instruments for cleaning
*when the Lord said in Matt 16:19 “Whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loosed on Earth shall be loosed in heaven”, -it is the fullness of the authority from God which He gave to His Church
One of the concrete proof of authority God gave to His Church is the “conversion of St Paul from persecutioner to Saint” in Acts 9: 10-18
Our Lord chose St Paul, but He didn’t overpower the rights and the authority of His Church.. He can simply said to St Paul that time, “go now and preach the Gospel because i chose you”, but NO. He Himself is obedient to the authority of His Church therefore, He ask Ananias, to baptise, and to ordain St Paul. That authority is the same and solid authority given by our Lord to forgive sins.
Question: is the forgiveness of sins included in that authority?
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition 2 Corinthians 5:18 But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Christ; and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
-He gave to us the MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition John 20:22-23 When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.
Note: as we read and examine the text, we can barely read “whose sins you shall forgive”, it is the direct authority given by our Lord to the Church to FORGIVE SINS not just as a “symbolic type of absolution” and also the power and authority of NOT FORGIVING SINS..