=patrick457;10189828]Speaking from experience, I think it's either because people do not know or because they could feel somewhat discouraged/'afraid' for a number of reasons (cf. the 'shame' factor). I know, because the latter describes me. Yes, I'm a coward, to my utter shame. :(
That very factor was forseen by our Perfect and all knowing God; who nvertheless COMMANDS and dictatkes that ONLY His way will result in the forgiveness of sin.
1John.1 Verses 8 to 10 "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
*1John.5 Verses 16 to 17 *"If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal.
John.20 Verses 20 to 23" When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained"
There are NO new sins; none the priest has not heard before. PLUS he is bound under the penalty of gravest consquences to hold yuor confession in ABSOLUTE privavy and confedentially;)
GET TO CONFESSION!