EWTN.com - Confessing sins to a priest: "Confessing sins to a priest
Question from Megan on 9/25/2008:
How can I explain the necessecity of confession to a non-Catholic? The exact question is: If confession is necessary for salvation, what does this mean for non-Catholics, how can it be necessary, and at the same time how can God forgive sins directly? Is the need for perfect contrition necessary for non-Catholics confessing their sins directly to God?
Answer by Catholic Answers on 9/26/2008:
The Forgiveness of Sins
How can a Protestant go to heaven without the sacrament of reconciliaton?