Of the Office of Penitentiary Presbyters and its Abolition. At this time it was deemed requisite to abolish the office of those presbyters in the churches who had charge of the penitences: this was done on the following account. When the Novatians separated themselves from the Church because they would not communicate with those who had lapsed during the persecution under Decius, the bishops added to the ecclesiastical canon a presbyter of penitence in order that those who had sinned after baptism might confess their sins in the presence of the presbyter thus appointed. And this mode of discipline is still maintained among other heretical institutions by all the rest of the sects; the Homoousians only, together with the Novatians who hold the same doctrinal views, have abandoned it. [Roberts, Alexander and Donaldson, James, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series: Volume II, Chapter XIX (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.)1997.]
Does this Father of the Church identify auricular confession as a form of heresy?
How can the Roman Catholic Church, which promises to teach nothing that does not have the Unanimous Consent of the Fathers of the Church, continue to teach and practice Penance when Fathers of the Church consider it a heresy?