5 reasons Catholics go for confession

Catholics believe that Jesus gave the first priests (which were his Apostles and therefore his successors) the authority to forgive sins through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Many Christians and non-Christians are baffled as to why Catholics confess their sins to an ordained priest and seek penance since he's human which means he commits sin too.

The truth is the practice of confessing to a priest has a biblical backing, in the book of John 20:21-23, “[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’”

Catholics therefore believe that Jesus gave the first priests (which were his Apostles and therefore his successors) the authority to forgive sins through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Compiled by Beliefnet, here are 5 reasons why Catholics go for confession.

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