Catholic “confession” is a sacrament, which means it was invented by Catholics. It was not created by Jesus, and is a ridiculous extrapolation of things Jesus said.
Jesus said in John 20:23 that “Those sins you forgive are forgiven, and those sins you don’t forgive aren’t forgiven”. He was talking to the apostles and everyone in the that room, which probably including Mary Magdalene, who brought Jesus to the apostles after He rose from the dead.
What Jesus meant isn’t 100% clear. Catholics extrapolated that to mean that this would apply to all Catholic priests forever, since Jesus passed control of the church to Peter, who Catholics call the first “pope”, and they think all priests forever also get the power of confession that the apostles did. In addition, priests are the only ones that could administer forgiveness, through their invention of confession, for the rest of time.
The rules of confession are sinister:
- you confess your sins regardless of how evil
- you do not have to help the people that you harmed
- you are forgiven
- the priest you told the confession to can’t tell anyone
In other words, if you rape a child, and cause a lifetime of psychological damage, you’re clear in 15 minutes.
This is in brutal defiance of Jesus, as you would expect, if you have any kind of personal relationship with Jesus.
Note that the 2nd part of John 20:23 makes it clear that some sin’s aren’t forgiven, and in Matt 18:6, Jesus says harming children is not forgiven. The Catholic invention of confession brutally defies this. Jesus is more clear in Matt 18:6-14, where He then goes on to say that you should find every victim and get them help. Catholic priests and followers never did that at all.
Believe what you want about confession, but it is an invention that allows people to get away with pure evil with no accountability, and it is the reason the whole Catholic church can get away with rampant child rape, in unforgivable defiance of Jesus in Matt 18:6-14. It looks like an invention of the devil, allowing you to get away with pure evil in a 15 minute ceremony.
Feel free to ask any Catholic the “Hitler” question: “If Hitler, after killing 6.2 million Jews, and destroying millions of families, homes, and property, did a confession 15 minutes before he died, would he go to heaven?”
Catholics will robotically nod yes, qualifying it with the fact that he would have to truly be sorry. Hitler, forgiven, in 15 minutes, and off to heaven.
In John 20:23, when Jesus was talking to everyone in the room, He may have meant that if someone sins against you, YOU get to decide if they are forgiven, not a 3rd party. And if someone sins against you, they must ask forgiveness from YOU.
However, Catholic priests took this power for themselves, and used to charge money for confession.