I wondered about that question while reading a comment in in another thread…
Rinnie said …
to eliminate all confusion, I have a few questions,
Do Catholics believe, in confession, the presence of a priest is required to be completely forgiven of ones’ confessed sin/s?
yes or no
if yes, let me ask then
do Catholics believe, in their heart, they are confessing …
**only to the priest? **
to God through the priest?
this is important because…
imagine my friend, who is catholic, willingly committed a grave sin or two while away on vacation in the Bahamas.
his soul is no longer in a state of grace, yes?
those sin/s, need to be confessed, repented and forgiven
in order for his soul to be returned to a state of grace, yes?
I assume your answer is yes to both yes questions above.
If he, while on the sands of the seashore, looks up to heaven and prays to God
confessing and repenting his sin/s,
**Do you believe …
God will forgive him of his sin/s and restore his soul to a state of grace? **
If you believe God will forgive him,** then there is no need to confess the same sins again **in confession to a priest because there is no sin to confess.
God forgave him and restored his soul to a state of grace when he confessed on the shore…yes?
if no, then you believe…
**God will not forgive him of his sin/s and not restore his soul to a state of grace
until he goes to confession with a priest present, correct? **
thank you in advance,