This is the difference between the force of government and the option of religion. When government requires me to do something, I'm actually required to do it.
That said, the link does not address one key issue - does the RCC monitor its members in the amount they use Confession? If they don't then the once-a-year requirement may be a law in name only and have no effect on a Catholic's life. But based on the site alone, if a Catholic does not attend Confession with a priest at least once every year then they have no place in the Roman Catholic family.
Catholics are just wasting their time following Jesus if they beleive in confessing sins ( repenting ) to a church clergy to pray for forgivingness... Because men of the cloth / clergy do not and cannot ever contact Jesus....right? And even if you don't know all about their faith and why things are with them.. you can still judge them and judge what pushes them AWAY from their saviour right?... It just doesn't get any better than that ha ha lol.... I am glad I am not a catholic any more otherwise I might have felt a tad weird about that one !!
Calling out to Jesus - Jesus if you really do in fact exist... here is a problem that could use a good old fashioned miracle fix this one.. --> Get all protestant, Catholics, born again...born again agains lol to coexist and all agree with each other...make it so that each will not say anything negative about the other ...make it so that each will agree with each other and not be so judging....Remind them that only God can do that.... can you do that Jesus? If that ever does happen.. then and only then I will think you are for real...
I get the feeling that if Jesus is real.. he still wouldn't touch that mess with a ten foot divine barge pole lol Christianity.. ohh dear whatever happened to you lol
Why not just confess to a friend or confidante, or someone else who I trust? Why must I go through a priest?
Jesus told the apostles, "‘As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’" (John 20:21–23).
The Orthodox aren't Catholic, but they are fine with that statement. The disagreement about the "other sacraments" (rituals of grace other than baptism and commemoration of the Last Supper) is pretty much between Protestants and non-Protestant Christiians, rather than Catholics and non-Catholics.
"Institution" means that there is a specific canonical speech or overt act of Jesus from which the Christian practice is derived. The instittution narrative for penance (reconciliation, confession, ...) is John 20: 23, as pointed out by fullywired . No more personal involvement in the practice by Jesus than that is claimed by the phrase "instituted by Christ."
Of course, to even describe any of the sacraments as "works" is almost exclusively Protestant. Christians generally read the same canonical New Testament. Catholic and Orthodox Christians know what Paul wrote. They disagree with you about what that means.
I think just about all Christians believe that salvation is literally by grace (that is, by God's discretionary gift). Where the disagreement comes in is how grace is meted out. Confession, like all sacraments in the Catholic-Orthodox view, is a means by which God confers his grace on the participant.
Other views, of course, are possible.
I suppose other views are indeed possible. It depends on how one considers the separation of Grace and Works. Heck, even Martin Luther (who as you know was one of the most influential [perhaps even THE most influential] reformers) had significant issues with the Grace vs Works issue. Naturally I am arguing from my own point of view as one who believes in sola scriptura, I'm just explaining why it is that I see some Catholics may be led astray (not pointing fingers or judging anyone, as BM has tried to imply).
Anyway, I hope this is easier to compile my thoughts into a single post rather than consecutive post entries on the same subject.
~ Regards, PA
Edited by Paranoid Android, 11 June 2012 - 06:19 PM.