One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the Church, must confess to a priest all the unconfessed grave sins he remembers after having carefully examined his conscience. The confession of venial faults, without being necessary in itself, is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. (Page 416)
(1456) Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance: All mortal sins of which penitents after a diligent self-examination are conscious must be recounted by them in confession, even if they are most secret and have been committed against the last two precepts of the Decalogue; for these sins sometimes wound the soul more grievously and are more dangerous than those which are committed openly.
(1497) Individual and integral confession of grave sins followed by absolution remains the only ordinary means of reconciliation with God and with the Church. (Page 416, 417)
This is totally unscriptural. Man cannot be trusted with the dirty little secrets of the heart. No priest can forgive you of your sins. He did not die on the cross for you. He, himself, is nothing more than a sinner. To call him Father and confess your sins to him is not taught anywhere in Scripture. If you sin against a brother, then you confess to the Lord and ask forgiveness of the Lord and then of the brother.
Confessing your faults one to another does not mean airing your dirty linen for the world to see, nor does the Scriptures ever indicate that one should confess their sins to a priest or an Apostle, nor was this practiced or taught by the early church fathers, and Apostles.
Confessing your secret sins to another man is a dangerous thing. What power the priest would have over the one who has given him all of his dirty little secrets.
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