Confession Explained video clip is given right above. Please play it. It is the full version which is 6:07Â minutes long.
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The above confession video answers the 3 popular questions which mostÂ CatholicsÂ and Non-CatholicsÂ have in their minds. They are:
1. Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest?
2. Where is that in the Bible?
3. Would Jesus approve?
Confession = Reconciliation
God gave this specialÂ privilegeÂ to forgive the sins of others to the descendants of the Apostles i.e. the bishops and priests of today. Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on his disciples and told them “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:23)
They hear our sins and forgive them in HIS name and also gives us a penance. Penance has to do with repenting of sins already forgiven by God through the grace of the sacrament of confession. Penance is for our benefit. We repent by practicing the opposite virtue of the sins committed to strengthen ourselves against the temptation to sin. And prayer – turning back to God – is one of the best ways to repent and turn away from sin.
Check these related articles for more info on the sacrament of reconciliation:
Why Should I Confess My Sins To A Priest