Sacraments #5: Why Do We Confess Our Sins to a Priest? With Fr. David Sherry

Welcome to our fifth episode on the Sacraments, where Father David Sherry will join us to look at the Sacrament of Penance. Many people, even non-Catholics, are familiar with this Sacrament, but we’ll take a magnifying glass to it today, so that we can understand more about what is going on. To do that, we’ll start by looking at the concept of sin itself. This may seem almost obvious, but sin does exist. It’s the whole reason for the Sacrament. Then we’ll look at the two players involved – the penitent, and the priest. What is Father looking for when he asks us those questions in the Confessional? And why do we have to do a penance afterwards? Aren’t our sins already forgiven? Father Sherry will walk us through the traditional form of the Sacrament of Penance now:

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