Wrote the following lines in response to Jami’s comment on my ‘Ipso Facto Excommunication – For Whom?‘ It is worth a post, so here it is!
The Idea of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, as it is called nowadays, is a Great one, and based on Christ’s words.
Here too, I take His words, “If You Forgive People’s sins, they are forgiven; If You do not forgive them, they are not forgiven,” as in John 20:23. All quotes from TEV.
The catholic church, on the other hand, likes to base itself on Matthew 16:18-19, which I give You passim: “…Peter, You are a rock, and on this rock I will build my church. …What You prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what You permit on earth, will be permitted in heaven.” Thus keeping things under the church’s thumb and control!
The church, while citing Matthew 18:18, ignores the fact that practically the Same words were spoken to the Disciples in general, and not just to Peter in this case. Typical church mentality, which is not different from ‘Rich man’ mentality.
Sadly, today, the priests are not interested in hearing ‘confessions.’ Nor are the people, in going for it. And, worst of all, today, I, myself, who believe in the Sacrament, find it difficult to practice, as I do not have confidence in them. Bad and sad to say of one’s fellow priests, but there it is. There are SURE to be good ones. Shall have to wait!