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Third, the priest represents the Church and the people we have sinned against. In the early days of the Church, people publicly confessed sin at the beginning of Mass and were absolved. Much to our relief, for centuries now we have had private confession.

Interesting, I did not know a non Catholic is the publich confession still done anywhere?

I belong to Wisconsin Synod and we practice this. In addition we are able to confess to our minister privately and are STRONGLY encouraged to confess in private confession to God and ask for forgiveness...

Just curious...thanks!

Blessings to you and yours in our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus...

42 posted on 07/22/2006 11:18:17 AM PDT by phatus maximus (John 6:29...Learn it, love it, live it...)
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To: phatus maximus
enter the Table of Contents of the Catechism of the Catholic Church here
1449 The formula of absolution used in the Latin Church expresses the essential elements of this sacrament: the Father of mercies is the source of all forgiveness. He effects the reconciliation of sinners through the Passover of his Son and the gift of his Spirit, through the prayer and ministry of the Church:
God, the Father of mercies,
through the death and the resurrection of his Son
has reconciled the world to himself
and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins;
through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

44 posted on 07/22/2006 2:45:22 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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