[–] carnold03 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Indeed. I'll be doing that myself this coming Saturday.

[–] RURAL-TROOPER 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Only Jesus can be an intercessor.

[–] LexOrandiLexCredendi [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The priest stands in persona Christi, or in the person of Christ, so the forgiveness comes from Christ through the priest via the sacrament of confession.

We can confess our daily and smaller failings directly to God, but to root out deeper sin takes the power of a sacrament. We see St. John discuss this in his first letter: "If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he should ask God, who will give life to those who commit this kind of sin. There is a sin that leads to death; I am not saying he should ask regarding that sin. All unrighteousness is sin, yet there is sin that does not lead to death." (1 John 5:16-17)

The sacrament is rooted in the mission God gave to Christ in his capacity as the Son of man on earth to go and forgive sins (cf. Matt. 9:6). Thus, the crowds who witnessed this new power “glorified God, who had given such authority to men” (Matt. 9:8; note the plural “men”). After his resurrection, Jesus passed on his mission to forgive sins to his ministers, telling them, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. . . . Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:21–23).

Furthermore, we see James telling us to "confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed".

This continues through the Didache: “Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life. . . . On the Lord’s Day gather together, break bread, and give thanks, after confessing your transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure” (Didache 4:14, 14:1 [A.D. 70]).

...and the Letter of Barnabas: “You shall judge righteously. You shall not make a schism, but you shall pacify those that contend by bringing them together. You shall confess your sins. You shall not go to prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of light” (Letter of Barnabas 19 [A.D. 74]).