I’ve recently converted to Catholicism and would probably be labeled as a prior Fundamentalist. I love apologetics and was hoping someone could help me understand where my logic is either incorrect or finish my logic.
- Peter is the first Pope and charged with the foundation of the Church (Matthew 16)
- Peter has the authority to pass on Bishopness (Acts 1: 12-26)
- God commands his disciples to go out and gives them the authority to forgive sins
- In order for a priest to forgive you for your sins you must tell them what they are (confession)
- Priest are supposed to be a fill in for Jesus
- However, Jesus gives them the authority to forgive sines, but that does not explicitly or even implicitly prevent someone from confessing your sins directly to Jesus for the forgiveness of sins.
As I understand it God is not bound by the sacraments, and I know that confession is not required for someone who might not have access to a priest, such as someone who is in a country that does not offer confession.
My logic is more for people who are in a country with access to a priest. Is it simply something that God said to do therefore the Church teaches that it is the only way to be forgiven of a mortal sin? Why could someone not simply pray directly to God to forgive them their sins?
If someone could help me complete my logic or explain where my logic might be a little skewed it would be much appreciated.