Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Sean Brown
Confession. Penance. Reconciliation. Three names used to describe one sacrament with one main purpose - the forgiveness of sins. Unfortunately, many Catholics, as well as non-Catholics, are confused about the need for confession, and have various misgivings about confessing their sins to a priest.
Perhaps you yourself may fall into this category - or know someone who does. What is the biblical basis of confession? Why did Christ give the Church the power to forgive sins? Are there psychological as well as spiritual benefits to the sacrament? Is confession necessary? And what makes a confession a good one?