Catholics/The Sacrament of Penance

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In the Catholic church how does one go about repenting and confession? If a man is baptized and is truly born again, and is on fire for the lord for the next two years but backslides into sin for a week or two, how does that one repent? I know the bible says to confess your sins to God through Jesus, and confess your sins to other belivers. But in the relm of the Catholic Church how does one go about repenting the right way? Thank you so much.

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When Our Lord established his Church to be the normal conduit of grace through the Seven Sacraments referred to in the Bible, He also established a priesthood, starting with the Apostles.  It was specifically through this priesthood that he gave the power to offer forgiveness from sins through the Sacrament of Penance to those who are sincerely repentant of their sins.

In John 21:23/DRV we read:  "Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them:  and whose sins you shall retrain, they are retained."  He even emphasized this conferral of priestly power by breathing on the Apostles.

The problem you mention, recidivism, or backsliding, is the very reason why the Protestant notion of forgiveness once and for all makes no sense, as human nature doesn't allow it.  The Sacrament of Penance allows for repentance for those occasions when, as you mention, even the faithful, because of Original Sin, will backslide.

So, seek the Sacrament of Penance from a traditional Catholic priest.  The Newchurch of the New Order, which often calls itself "Catholic," but is not, does not have that power as it no longer has valid priests.  There is a geographical list of traditional Catholic priests available at www.traditio.com/nat.htm.  If you have not yet converted to the true Catholic Faith, those
priests can arrange instruction for you.

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