The Roman Catholic Church is notorious for its claim that its priests can forgive sins as if they were God in the sacrament of penance which is now called the sacrament of reconciliation.

The Roman Catholic Church claims to be infallible and in the decrees in which it exercised this alleged charism it said that the sacrament of penance was authorised and empowered by God.

"For those who fall into sin after baptism the sacrament of penance is as necessary to salvation as is baptism for those who have not already been baptised" - Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests page 261. McHugh and Callan 1923.

That is very strong considering at the time the Church held there was no hope of salvation for those who died without baptism unless they were actively preparing for baptism and died or were martyred for Christ before they could get baptised.

There is no right to hear sins if there is no God or if Jesus who supposedly gave priests the power did not or was a fraud. To send your child to confession is wrong for the priest has no right to hear the sins and the child will not be telling them for her own good. Telling a priest a sin has no magical power to help you refrain from the sin. Telling somebody a sin may help but only if you are friends and its over a cup of coffee. Telling every sin is pointless. Not all sins need to be told. Going and telling a stranger in a dark box is useless. Remember the Catholic only tells the sins and the number of times they were committed. That is nothing like counselling where issues need a lot of exploration and discussion. Confession is purely religious and you need to prove the priest has the right to hear your sins and that cannot be done!
If Catholics want the priest to pardon them in the cheerless semi-darkness of a box then they should burn their Bibles for being Protestant. Nobody should want the forgiveness of a God or Church that holds that God is right to withhold the power to forgive sins from laypersons even in a state of absolute necessity. I mean that if a person is dying you cannot absolve them unless you are a priest. No matter how holy you are even the lowest scoundrel of a priest is needed to save the person’s soul. This is extremely offensive to reasonable people.

The Church of Rome claims that priests can forgive sins. When the priest absolves you in the name of God, God forgives the sins. Jesus is supposed to have told the apostles that whoever’s sins they forgive are forgiven by God (John 20:23). The institution of the doctrine of priestly absolution is ascribed to him.
It is ludicrous to suggest that a priest can forgive sin as if he were God who was sinned against for he is not God. Even God cannot equip a person to forgive such for it is illogical.
Half-Protestant Catholics might feel that is not a case of priests forgiving you as if they were the God that sin offends but one of priests letting God pardon you. They want to say that it is God who forgives not the priest. But then they think Jesus said to the apostles if you forgive the sins of any they are remitted meaning absolution. The priest says, “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
It is the priest who forgives and not God for God is compelled to obey the priest when the priest says that such and such a sin does not exist anymore.
When God won’t forgive the sins until the moment the priest pronounces absolution then the priest is letting God forgive you. Some say the priest is not letting God forgive what he is doing is something that coincides with forgiveness from God. They say God set up the entire arrangement so he has it all planned and forgives because he wants to not because he is allowed to by the priest. But God is giving priests the power to allow him. If a priest refuses absolution to somebody who should get it God won’t forgive. Of course the priest lets God forgive.
If God absolved one person who couldn’t find a priest then he would have to absolve everybody that couldn’t get one. This would lead to priests being unable to forgive anybody because no sinner can get to confession as soon as he or she repents! It is a crazy God that gives grace to those who can’t make it to Mass and who won’t forgive the sin of one who can’t get a confessor. He forgives forgotten sins (page 215, Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine, Part 2). They don’t matter to him. They have not even been repented of. Then he evilly refuses to forgive a person who really wants it and repents. This God does not do all he can to keep us from sin and Hell and anyone who asserts with Rome that this is not the case is trying to deceive.
Mortal sins are sins that keep the sinner from being God’s friend. Imperfect contrition is repentance for the love of God and a less noble reason. Persons who have only imperfect contrition for their mortal sins cannot get forgiven without the priest. If God can forgive them during confession then he can do it himself without the priest. He won’t. He is forcing them to stay in sin. The Lord is making them continue to oppose him. It is not right for God to keep persons who are fit for forgiveness out of his friendship just because the priest is not near at hand. It is vindictively holding that they should be pardoned and refusing to pardon. God is not love if he is not forgiving. To trap a person in iniquity even for a moment is to stoop as low as that person has for it is sinfully sustaining his or her sinful responsibility. The Catholic Church cannot say that God is entitled to refuse forgiveness when Jesus paid the sinners’ debt to God’s justice. If she does then she is denying her infallible dogma that Jesus died for all.
If God is infinite good then he doesn’t deserve to be opposed so he is being unjust to himself. God must like sin when he does that. Every bad person has the right to be reformed, which Rome denies at this point to acclaim the divine hypocrisy of claiming to detest sin and then forcing it on people by making them stay in the sins they choose to commit.
It is blasphemous to teach in union with the pope that people with tremendous and superior quality attrition – imperfect contrition – for sins should be made to stay in them by God because they can’t get a priest while saying that persons with barely any attrition that is barely repentance truly get forgiveness from God through a priest. This makes finding a priest more important than being sorry. It is insulting the penitent for nothing. Reason shows that the sorrow for sin should come first. A forgiving God would not be more interested in penitents meeting the priest than in their sorrow. If he is then he snobbishly thinks that priests are something special and everybody else is muck.
The Catholic God acts strangely for one that is said to do all he can to keep the human race from falling into the everlasting damnation of Hell. If those people die suddenly God will be guilty of trapping them to get them thrown in Hell. (Then Rome has the gall and the viciousness to criticise Prods for teaching that God plots to get some sinners damned.) Even Rome agrees that that is unloving.

People who need the priest's forgiveness and is not able to go and get it will be tempted to commit more mortal sins when they are stuck in mortal sin anyway. When one is a mortal sinner and going to Hell one need not shrink from adding another to the collection. The Bible says that God never directly does what tempts one to sin (James 1:13). He would sin against himself if he did and then he would be all-evil.
All Roman Catholicism can say to our charge that her absolution system is evil is that when we don’t deserve God’s mercy it is up to him to decide the manner in which we will obtain pardon. That is only true if it is a loving way. The Bible says forgiveness is a gift. You don’t inconvenience your wife or degrade her even for a moment in the process of delivering a gift to her. In that case the gift is not much of a gift at all.
The doctrine of absolution makes priests look outrageously selfish and arrogant. If getting absolution from a priest is essential for eternal salvation what would the sincere priest do? Never leave the confessional, that’s what! The lesser evil of living in a box is to be preferred to letting souls commit more sins, the greatest of all evils, and fall into Hell. To leave the confessional is to force a mortal sinner to stay in sin for a while. And people are sinning this way all the time. It is a mortal sin for a priest to keep a person in mortal sin even for a minute. That is preventing someone from being God’s friend. To approve of this for a minute is refusing to do God’s will if he loves the sinner for he will want him back as soon as possible. Rome approves of delays provided they are not too extreme. If the priest has to visit a sick person and send those waiting in the chapel for confession away she doesn’t mind. That is inconsistent with love as the Church interprets it. Healing souls from the worst evil comes before consoling the sick or absolving many sinners matters more than going away to absolve one. It is accusing God of doing evil at the bidding of the Church.
The Catholic absolution doctrine infers that we should be more grateful to the priest than God. It is the priest who makes God do what God wouldn’t do without him. This is part of the hierarchy’s plot to be preferred to God and to truth.
The sacrament of reconciliation is extremely evil for it puts going to confession and receiving absolution before doing good. Jesus would rather a person was conditionally absolved and then made that absolution active by doing some big good work. For example the idea could be, “I absolve you from your sins now but that absolution will only take effect when you will visit the hospital and take some lonely sick people out.” The Jesus of the Sermon of the Mount could not approve of a system in which you display your repentance to a witness without verification. He wanted such things private and for people to be God-centred and other-centred and not to do good in front of others unless unavoidable.
When God comes first according to the Catholic Church it follows that you should not forgive anybody who says they are sorry for hurting you until they go to confession first. That is in case you are forgiving somebody who God has not forgiven. That kind of blackmail proved useful in the gullible past.
No mature person could accept the priestly pretensions to having the power to remove sins as true.
Jesus said we must firstly love God with all our being and in second place our neighbour as ourselves. When God forbids us to put anything or anyone alongside him in our affections he really only cares about himself. That is all he made us for. It also means that those who do not believe cannot find any satisfaction in being helped by a Christian for that help is not given for their sake but for God’s so it is harmful to unbelievers. So when God is like that it is none of his business what we do and he has no right expecting us to come to him for pardon.
What business is it of God’s if I hurt another person? This is a big problem for the sacrament of reconciliation which plainly says it is his business and the business of the Church officials who are invested with divine judicial authority. Christians say God made the person and loves the person so to hurt the person is to insult his work and his love for that person. You are abusing the gifts God gave you so that you can hurt this person. You are insulting God.
So God is not worried about a person being hurt. He is worried about the insult to the gifts he has given to the person so he is worried about what he has done for the person being desecrated.
If a doctor saves the life of X and J seriously injures X does J have to express more sorrow to the doctor than X? Of course not.
Some say God doesn’t demand an apology from you to him when you hurt a person because the person is a person but because he loves the person. Religion claims that God alone matters and is to be loved which proves this. It is not the person who matters but God being offended.

The scandalous thing about this is that God is not literally offended. He is perfectly happy and cannot change and cannot feel pain. He only intellectually asserts that the sin should not happen but it does not harm him or make him sad. The scandal is that something beyond pain is put before something that can experience suffering. That is not the kind of morality we want by any standard.

We cannot deter ourselves from hurting others by telling ourselves it is wrong for it hurts God. We cannot have the fellow-feeling for God as we do a fellow human being. To go for forgiveness to God instead of the person you hurt is thus evil.
It cannot be God’s business when we hurt a person simply because that person is a person with feelings. In other words, it is not God’s concern if a person is hurt even if it is his concern that his love and gifts for that person have been affronted. God is not the person but the victim is the person therefore it is the victim’s concern only. God may disapprove of the person being hurt but that does not entitle him to be requested for his forgiveness. He is only forgiving for the insult to himself and his gifts but he is not forgiving for hurting the other person for that is not possible. That is between you and the other person. To go to confession instead of pleading for forgiveness from the person you have hurt is disgusting. If everybody knew that it was none of God’s business when we hurt another person nobody would follow religion anymore. The doctrine of the forgiving God who can forgive what is none of his business is dangerous for it suggests that God’s thinking is not ours and that we should follow his whether it makes sense or not or hurts or not.
A person should be ashamed to go to confession and confess that they have hurt another person when they won’t go and confess and express sorrow and try to make amends fully to the victim FIRST. You would be proven more genuine if you did that. It is easier to admit you are wrong to God than to the other person. It is therefore egotistical to confess sin to God and not others as the Catholic Church has you doing it. God should not reward this insult to the victim by forgiving the sin in confession.
Jesus had a point when he said that you must keep your sacrifice to God until you make peace with your brother you fell out with first and then go and sacrifice (Matthew 5:23-24). Confession and winning God’s forgiveness in the absolution are offering yourself as a sacrifice to God to live in service of him. Jesus meant animal sacrifice but that makes no difference. If you have to reconcile with the people you have hurt and the people you have made insufficient effort to heal their animosity towards you in relation to animal sacrifice, how much more will you have to do it before confession or before going to Mass in which the Church claims to offer the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary to God? How much harder you will have to try! And you have to be reconciled with yourself by obtaining God’s forgiveness for your own sins first. And how hypocritical it is for Catholic priests to be celebrating Mass every day when the standard of nobility is so high? The sacrifice of a person who hasn’t asked forgiveness of the people he has hurt and who hasn’t tried to make amends is an insult to God. the heart is more important than any sacrifice. It is like giving the queen tea but expressing no respect for her.
It is scandalous to teach as Roman Catholicism does that if I hurt another person I will be forgiven in confession even if I never go near them first. And especially when that cult says that if I hurt a person and instantly make amends in a state of repentance, I will not be forgiven until I go to confession. So the person who hasn’t made amends yet is better off than the person who has! Roman Catholicism is an evil religion and the enemy of right and wrong.  

The Catholic Church believes that Jesus somehow earned forgiveness for us and that this pardon is distributed in confession by the priest.

Now, when our sins are paid for, what right does God have to keep the freedom from sin we are entitled to from us until we go to confession? It is different for men to make conditions for legal pardon but that is because we don’t see into people’s hearts but God does and so he can do the right thing easily and the moment the person is open to his grace. The sacrament of reconciliation contradicts God’s love and willingness to keep us out of Hell. There is no need for the sacrament.
If Jesus paid for our sins then we are not forgiven in confession because instead of being forgiven our sins are punished though someone else had to pay. So, the atonement means that priests cannot really forgive sins. They are told to intend to but how can they? And their absolution is invalid if they don’t.

Jesus did not give priests the power to forgive sins in confession and if he tried to then he was a disgrace and tricking people with fake forgiveness. If you do wrong the only forgiveness you may get is forgiveness from real persons. Forgiveness is too big of a matter for anybody to be telling you God forgives you when there is no God! Nobody should encourage anybody to go to confession or to believe in the sacrament. If you feel it is man not God who forgives you in confession then it follows that confession has nothing to do with it if you have a conversion. You cannot really take man’s forgiveness that seriously for it is only man’s. People subliminally realising this could explain why confession in practice means people using it as an excuse for keeping up the sins.
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