A. In obedience to Christ."
Whose obedience to Christ?
In the scripture you cite, Jesus does not command people to confess to priests.
Just where is it, exactly, where Jesus says, "Don't confess your sins to me (or to my Father) directly. Instead, I command you to confess your sins to other human beings, ordained for that purpose. If you do that with a pure and contrite heart, you sins shall be forgiven"???
In John 20:21, before He grants them the authority to forgive sins, Jesus says to the apostles, "as the Father sent me, so I send you." As Christ was sent by the Father to forgive sins, so Christ sends the apostles and their successors forgive sins. In the next line, John 20:22, the Lord "breathes" on the apostles, and then gives them the power to forgive and retain sins. The only other moment in Scripture where God breathes on man is in Gen. 2:7, when the Lord "breathes" divine life into man. When this happens, a significant transformation takes place. Jesus then says in John 20:23 "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained." In order for the apostles to exercise this gift of forgiving sins, the penitents must orally confess their sins to them because the apostles are not mind readers. The text makes this very clear.
What you bind...
Whose sins you forgive...