[quote="lucien123, post:1, topic:283613"]
I have heard that in the Orthodox church confession is beneficial but not necessary, unlike in the Roman Catholic Church.
How true is this statement, and what qualifies a person for confession? If a person sins, Is it necessary for them to go for confession or is is optional?
Confession is done differently in the Orthodox tradition. It is never done anonymously, and one could receive a penance involving a period of excommunication depending on the severity of the sins he has confessed. That being said, the traditional understanding of confession was that the penitent was absolved after being readmitted to the eucharist which is given for the remission of sins, with the prayers of absolution only being added later to confession as a pastoral provision. That is the only way one could say that confession (a sacramental absolution divorced from the eucharist) is "not necessary", because it clearly was not a sacrament in the early church. Most priests, however, will urge, if not require their parishioners to confess. As guardians of the chalice, this is their prerogative.