stubborn rebel sheep!
Could someone do horrible things all their lives, then just before they die, ask to be forgiven and have a clean slate? Every Christian I asked said yes, but that made no sense to me.
Yes! That is the fundamental of christians religions - to forgive and be forgiven
As soon as one express sincere regrets and ask (jesus or god) for forgiving - she\he is forgiven. Often the priest will pay attention to the person ability to self-forgive.
At the basic of catholic religion there is a concept of perfection that is:
God created his creatures perfectly imperfect and ''He'' pays a special attention to the one who suffers , who fail, and ask other fellow human beings to be kind and generous to anyone in need.
The thing to do for the priest is just to listen sincerely with intend to help people alleviate their mental\emotional suffering - to let go a load, and to make them leave with a heart at peace. When we realize the priest is not judging, then, we can move on without carrying shame and guiltyness anymore and know we are loved the imprefect way we are.
Not different than a psych therapy - but it takes few minutes for on going stuff.
I usually do it for easter and christmas. I like. One time I just said : I have a lot and feel overwhelmed and lost...The priest, I knew hime, said Okay girl, now stop to take all onto your shoulders ($cientology sequel - holding the whole world) and be kind to you now. It was what I needed.
5 minutes it took!
And I have no problem that people say or think it is retard, crazy, stupid, funny, or laugh..I can laugh about it...SOme part ot the christians religions are retard too , some had been harmfull in the past, they lack so much respect to gay people, and womend who are forbiden to be priest..retards...they thing they are an elite...but this is the Institution.
when we were small child it was mandatory to get confessed each sunday. What would confess a small 6 yo child ??? :confused2: OH father John - I stole a candy in my sister candy jar...Okay girl - here is the prayer you shall say
Then, later teenagers were expected to confess kisses, and ''body scanning & exploring'' ... I've never been ask for such confession! I guess catholics parents found it safer if the priest would give a check on our sexual behavior - but they rarely did (they would avoid problems by keeping away of that). Also priests and nuns were our teachers so they already knew a big part of our sins and could help to list it
The catholics have tons of jokes about priests and confession as well as Jesus and God..they laugh and joke about it! No one take offense in it though!