My friend; without bias reread this carefully and prayerfully
Part II of reply
John 20:18-23 Mary Magdalen cometh, and tell the disciples: SEE Mt. 10:2*- 5
”disciple and Apostle” used interchangeably] I have seen the Lord, and these things he said to me. Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them The Apostles see v 24] his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. ..Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. *See Jn 14:16-17] [v23] Whose sins you [SINGULAR] shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you [SINGULAR] shall retain, they are retained.” *
Jesus is clear; precise and specific giving to the Apostles alone; following OT Traditional Practice of sin-forgiveness but now makes it PERFECT. Lev. 5 and 6
Romans 13: 1-4 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Acts.20: 28 “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you [SINGULAR] overseers, to care for the church of God [SINGULAR] which he obtained with the blood of his own Son.”
John.10: 16 “And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd”
Ephesians 4:5 " One Lord, one faith, one baptism." MEANS
Only that 1 Gods set of Faith teachings and beliefs. A Perfect God cannot hold contradictory views on the same issue
And 1 baptism in water with the HS.
There is a place for confessing our sins to one another, no doubt. But that passage says nothing about a Priest or any other religious official.
See the evidence in part 1 of my reply. NOTE in verse 23 is limited to “YOU” [SINGULAR].
If we have to confess to a Catholic Priest, what happened to all the people who died between the resurrection and the establishment of the Catholic church?
The Apostles and those Ordained by them were Catholic Bishops & Priest. And then NOTE how this teaching from the Catholic Catechism applies to them.
846 “How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:
Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it. End Quote
847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation. End Quote.
Plus do not overlook the of Baptism and its complete removal of ALL sins and the Temporal punishment due to them UP TO the point of being Baptized. Baptism of Desire and or Blood would account for lack of normal form.
Clearly the Power and the mandate is to ONLY the Apostles and through them the CC. AND it requires everyone’s obedience!
And you may say that the Catholic church was the original church established by Jesus so there was no time between. Even if we take that to be true (a step I'm not prepared to take), He certainly never defined just who can be a Priest
**Sure He did. See the references on part 1 & Jn.15:16 **You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you
Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
Mt. 15:16-19 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. [And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven[/COLOR]. [And I [GOD] say to thee[YOU ALONE}: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock [YOU] I [GOD] will build my church,[SINGULAR] and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I [GOD] will give to thee[YOU ALONE PETER] the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven