Hi all and PJM (I hope you see this),
PJM made the following statement in another thread. Unfortunately it got closed.
John 20: 21-23 [Catholic bibles] and verses 22-23 in the KJV on Christ giving to His Apostles and thus His Chruch the Power to “forgive sins.” [Yes only God can forgive sins.] BUT Christ gives His Church the power to decide who should be forgiven and who should not be forgiven. Priest become like conduits directly to and from God.
To make sure I understand what PJM is saying, do catholics believe that if I go into confession in a catholic church and confess a number of sins, the priest has the power, given by Christ, to make a decision NOT to give me absolution for one of the sins should the priest be led to do so?
If this is true then I would go to the altar, say my penance and get up from the altar knowing all my sins have been forgiven but the “one sin” the priest refused to give me absolution for.
Then when leaving the church while stepping off the curb to cross the street, a car goes out of control hits me and instantly kills me.
I would then be facing God with a major sin on my soul that the priest did not offer me absolution for in confession no more than 15 minutes ago.
Am I wrong in my understand of catholic belief here?
Please correct me if I am wrong
God bless you for all your help