I have a friend who tells me he is very devout in his Catholic Faith. In many ways, he is. He goes to Mass nearly every Sunday. He prays every day. He reads the Bible every day. That said, I feel he is only experiencing part of the Faith while there is so much more offered and so much more one can give!
Above, I say he “goes to Mass nearly every Sunday.” That means, he misses from time to time. As a Catholic, in addition to going to Confession regularly, you most certainly must go if you miss Mass before you can take Communion again. If you sin, PERIOD, you need to go to Confession before taking Communion. We all sin. Therefore, you need the Sacrament of Confession regularly.
But, he tells me he does go to Confession … he just goes directly to the Big Man himself. In other words, he does not believe he needs a Priest to Confess his sins. As a convert to the Faith, it is hard for me to debate certain items regarding the Faith so I turn to family, friends, and research. After discussing this with friends, I did more research and found this wonderful explanation as to why we need a Priest for Confession:
Many questions come to mind after watching this. Why do you need a Priest to say Mass? Why do you need a Priest for the sacrament of Baptism? Why do you need a Priest for the Sacrament of Marriage?
If you need a Priest for these things, why wouldn’t you need one for Confession? Conversely, if you don’t need a Priest for Confession, then you don’t need a Priest for anything. You can say Mass in your living room and convert your loaf of Stroehmann to the Body of Christ and bottle of Beringer to His Blood and stay in your PJs.