I have a question regarding confession. Please correct me if my understanding is incorrect. The basis for my question is that the sacrament of confession is to be used when one needs forgiveness and absolution after committing a mortal sin. I also understand that forgiveness for a mortal sin can be attained through a perfect act of contrition. However this is very rare and hard to determine. I guess what is confusing to me is how all this fits together:
If a priest can forgive someone in spite of imperfect contrition, then why can’t/doesn’t God do the same when sins are confessed to Him directly? What would happen to a person who desired to confess but didn’t have access to a priest, and was not able to give a perfect act of contrition? If they died would they be damned?
I do believe that Jesus set the stage and wants us to confess, its just the requirement to do so in order for the average lay person to be absolved that I don’t understand.
Please help clear this up, I wasn’t able to find anything that addressed this on the internet and was hoping someone here could set me on the right path.