I have heard many, many people scorn Catholics in the following way:
“They think they can sin all they want to as long as they go to confession.”
There is certainly a cycle one can get into of either conciously or sort of subconciously thinking, “I know I shouldn’t do this, but I’ll just make sure and confess it until I get a handle on it.”
How is it that Protestants think Catholics can get in this cycle but Protestants can’t? I would think it would be harder for Catholics to get into this cycle because they have to say their sins out loud to another person and not just directly to God. Accountability seems greater.
Both can fall into this way of thinking of course, I just think it’s ridiculous for Protestants to act like only Catholics can fall into this trap.