Why should I have to confess my sins to a priest?

In confession, we are reconciled not just with God, but also with the whole community

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: In Acts 3:19, Peter says, “Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.” If my sins are forgiven directly by God, why does the church teach that I have to go to confession and confess my sins to a priest?

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