Your inability or unwillingness to make a sincere Act of Contrition somehow vitiates Confession?<quoted text>You can confess your sins all you want to whoever,and if you do not have the grace to live righteously in Christ,those confessions become useless.
I went to confession a lot before I left the RCC,and no priest ever gave me the information I needed to allow the Spirit of Christ to not only forgive,but to also empower me to walk in the truth,and live morally.Most of the priests asked me how many times I did it,and then proceeded to tell me to make an act of contrition.I was a very troubled child,my father and brother mentally abused me,and often beat me,no priest ever gave me hope,nor told me about the saving grace of Christ,or the spiritual benefits of being born again.
Now today most assuredly the evangelical face of many RCs is coming out,and you will find priests who really know how to minister to a soul.Confession is differnt these days I hear.But it is the same church,spirit-baptized priests,and priests who lean toward evangelical practices are numerous in your church these days,so there is hope for the many who need to hear the clear and true gospel of repentance,but also what Christ will do to help you live a purer life.
But when I was in Catholicism,it was by rote,repititious,and very cold,no spiritual advice,but to just go pray rosaries to Mary,make a good act of contrition,be a good Catholic,the LAW<LAW<LAW,no teaching on grace, nothing about the Holy Spirit and why He came to be our comforter,I had to learn all of that with Evangelicals and Charismatics.
Well sufficient unto the day,we learn,and we walk,but the truth is in Christ.I marvel at that Journey Home,how every convert found Christ in their evangelical churches,oh but that is not enough,they need to find Christ in fullness.In a church emmersed in statuary,repititious hail Marys,saying that Christ is present in a round host? Did Jesus not give us bread,and wine,He broke the bread,and gave it to His disciples.He was not even Crucified yet,nor died under its weight,and you claim it is transubstantiation at the Last Supper? Sorry,it was spiritual!
Just like John 6.Really a chapter on the Eucharist? NO, never do the priests discuss the chapter in light of who the audience was,and what Jesus was facing,nor the Levitical aspects of ritual life that all of the audience Jesus held captive that day knew personally of(levitical).
Jesus was prophesing of His own death,of the very fact that without saying it literally,HE was the LAMB of GOD to be slain soon in their midst.The Jews knew about the lamb,they knew about the priests and how they ate the remains of the sacrifice,yet the Catholics believe Jesus was talking about transubstantiation,when He was foretelling of His becoming the very Lamb to the slaughter,and that unless His people EAT of His flesh and drink of His Blood,they would not be saved.
The very fact that He was that L a m b,to the slaughter as it were,for the salvation of Israel and all of humanity, should place what Jesus taught to His audience in John 6 to the circumstances of that time when Jesus was crucified for the sins of humanity.Jesus spoke graphically about His own body,and blood,which was broken and shed for the sins of many.Literally the whole of humanity must partake of His body,but it is a spiritual reality.
The audience in John 6 were all Jews,some disciples,and some members of the Sanhedrin,and the Pharisees.Oh that was a shock to their systems,it seemed as though He was talking about cannabalism,but the truth is He was prophesying.Jesus is a Prophet,Priest and KING! He saw it all before His own eyes,the crucifixion,His body being torn by the brutal scourging,the Lamb of God.
I understand that evangelical Protestantism is "all about me", but aren't you taking it a bit far here?