I was raised in a Protestant church but am newly Catholic. I have had a lifetime of being able to defend my faith from a Protestant standpoint but am still in the process of growing my confidence in defending the Catholic faith.
One of my friends sent me this: “In my mind, what you are saying is that there are men who have the power to take away my sins, that Jesus alone can’t save me, and that men will judge if I’m to be rewarded with sainthood. Also, that all members of the Church (made up of the saved/saints in heaven, souls in purgatory, and the Christians on Earth) are subject to a man who is vested with ultimate executive, legislative, and judicial authority. That’s my understanding of part of the Catholic system.”
I need a bit of help in breaking this apart to be able to respond appropriately.
In regard to the first question, my understanding is that Christ alone has the power to take away sins but that confessing sins is scriptural. A priest does not take away sins but a Priest, through the power Christ takes away sins. Christ is key.
Any help would be appreciated.
Blessings and Peace.