Since Christ tore the veil removing the barrier between the Lord and man, what then is the meaning and role of Priests in the Catholic Church? How does that role conflict or not conflict with Christ being the head of the Church?
Why profess our sins to a Priest when the Lord hears our confessions Himself?
Why are Priests called "Father" when the Lord is our Father?
1. Why profess our sins to a Priest when the Lord hears our confessions Himself?
John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace be with you! 20. After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21. Again Jesus said, Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. 22. And with that he breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit. 23. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.
There is also a good answer here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121015134058AA3Lhco
2. Why are Priests called "Father" when the Lord is our Father?
The above is a lengthy read, but offers a very detailed explanation to anyone interested.
I think a lot of what people dislike about the Catholic Church stems from misunderstanding.
**what then is the meaning and role of Priests in the Catholic Church?**
You would not receive several sacraments if it weren’t for the priests.