When I was an evangelical for 25 years I was repeatedly taught and believed that confession to a priest was needless and not “biblical”. I also taught this in the various Bible studies that I was involved in. I eventually left that world for Eastern Orthodoxy and am now coming home to Catholicism.
Confessing sin to God is obviously good in any situation. But there is no comparison between doing it in the privacy of one’s bedroom and confessing to a priest who stands, not as a judge and executioner, but rather an instrument of God’s love.
The sense of release and empowerment along with accountability that comes with confession in the presence of a priest is astounding. If you want victory over sin and a sense that you are part of something greater than yourself, confess to God in the presence of a real person (priest) who comes alongside in love to help.
I wish I’d known this years ago when I believed a strawman version of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).
But I know now. Amen.