Just so that no one gets the wrong idea, Confession IS the ORDINARY and NORMATIVE way mortal sins are forgiven. An act of Perfect Contrition forgives mortal sin ONLY with the intent to confess at the soonest opportunity.
Lest people think of Confession as merely a good idea. Salvation hinges on it.
I will not allow people to spout out dangerous ideas like this just so as not to sound “legalistic”. Laws are in place for a reason, and then the Church says it is the ORDINARY means of remitting mortal sin, you better pay attention.
I disagree it’s good to frame it like this, though. Because it makes it look like God established Confession to make things harder for us.
I don’t disagree with Catholic teaching on Confession. I’m only saying, considering this thread and how others talk on CAF, that we often approach it in a legalistic manner: “YES YOU WILL GO TO HELL IF YOU DON’T MAKE IT TO CONFESSION.”
So anyway, I maintain what I said. I appreciate a less-legalistic emphasis. God calls us to forgiveness and grace all the time, whether or not we make it to Confession.
You can look at it two ways: the Sacrament of Confession makes forgiveness easier, or the Sacrament of Confession makes receiving God’s forgiveness when not going to confession harder. Both are true in different senses, but the way we approach it will affect how we consider God: is he a legalistic tyrant waiting to condemn us, or is he a merciful Father trying to forgive us in every way possible — even when don’t make it to a specific physical location with a priest?
Anyway, my response was not necessarily a reply to the OP as much as it was to how some people on here are talking about confession.