Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments (Second Edition)

Chapter 6: Why Do I have to Confess to a Priest?


Why Do I have to Confess to a Priest?

Film Focus: In this video, Bishop Barron explains that because we are embodied persons and cannot communicate directly with God in the manner of the angels, it is important that we confess our sins to priests in the Sacrament of Penance because it is a fully bodily experience of forgiveness.

Text Focus: Page 209

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to say that the sacramental life of the Church is “embodied”?
  2. How does the priest act in persona Christi in the Sacrament of Penance?
  3. What does Bishop Barron refer to as the “sacramental mediation of Christ”?
  4. In your own words explain why it is significant to confess to a priest.

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