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[Why do Catholics Confess to Priest?]

Catholics confess their sins to priests because as it is clearly stated in Sacred Scripture - God in the Person of Jesus Christ authorized the priests of His church to hear confessions and empowered them to forgive sins in His Name. To the Apostles, the first priests of His Church, Christ said: "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, 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." (John 20:21-23) Then again: "Truly, I say to you, whatever YOU BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN, and whatever YOU LOOSE on earth SHALL BE LOOSED in heaven." (Matthew 18:18) Catholics confess their sins to priests because priests are God's duly authorized agents in the world, representing Him in all matters pertaining to the ways and means of attaining eternal salvation. When Catholics confess their sins to a priest they are, in reality, confessing their sins to God, for God hears their confessions and it is He who, in the final analysis, does the forgiving. If their confessions are not sincere, their sins are not forgiven.

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