Speaking at the Mass for Divine Mercy at Santa Rosa RC last Sunday, Archbishop Jason Gordon said people have told him, ‘I don’t have to confess to any man’. His response to them was “You don’t understand Christ because if Christ gives us the gift, it is because we need that gift.”
He continued that people walked away from the confessional encounter and “go and tell the whole world your business or they will pay a psychologist plenty money to tell your business” when the alternative is free of cost: “you can come and say your business for free and receive mercy”. Laughter continued when he suggested that should priests begin charging $1,000 per session for confession then maybe there would be a line!
Tracing the origin of the sacrament, he said Jesus gave the apostles the power to forgive or retain sins. “Jesus Christ is the one who sent the Church out to bring mercy to the world giving the apostles a permanent gift, and the apostles have handed it from generation to generation to their successors…I hand it to the priests every time they are ordained.”