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Question from Samuel Ailoje on 6/17/2014:

Why do catholics make confession to the preist?

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 7/20/2014:

Dear Sam,

The answer that that Christ said to St.Peter that whatever he bound was bound and whatever he loosed was loosed. What the Church says is a sin is a sin. When the Church forgives sins, they are loosed. Protestants do not believe this. They feel that they can confess their sins directly to Christ. They don't want any Pope, Bishop or priest as an intermediary, But remember that for 1600 years the basic form of Christianity was Catholic. Confessing your sins to a priest was the rule. After the 16th century there arises the counter belief that only Christ is the Mediator. No hierarchy is needed.

Dr. Geraghty

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