Can Protestants be reconciled by a Catholic priest?

Can Protestants go to a Catholic church for forgiveness?

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  • 10 years ago
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    While the sacraments of God's Church are intended for the members of that one Church, no-one would question anyone who goes in to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You don't have to show your Catholic ID. When Jesus gave His priests the power to minister this sacrament, He told them "Whose sins YOU FORGIVE, they are forgiven them". He left it pretty general. This is quite different from reception of the Eucharist, which is the central expression of Catholic unity, and should not be received by anyone who does not share that unity. Most Catholic priests would also gladly make an appointment for counseling and spiritual guidance, without concern for whether the person is Catholic.

    Source(s): Catholic deacon
  • 10 years ago

    Protestants are reconciled by the Catholic Church every day. It's called conversion. Once converted, the person can enjoy the full grace and faith of the Catholic Church. It is important for ALL Protestants to go to the Catholic Church for forgiveness because we need each and every one of them to stand with us. Christ commissioned the leaders of his Church to forgive sins, and that power is extremely vital to the ends Christ foresees. He gave us the Sacrifice of the Eucharist to defeat Sin, then he was killed and rose up to defeat the author of Sin. He set in motion One Holy and Apostolic Church. Every single Protestant reformer of the 16th century failed to bend Christendom to their will. That was their explicit aim. The only reason Protestants still exist is the political cover they received then and the basic human characteristic of habit today. There's no more point in having Christianity divided in any way. Now more than ever, we need you Protestants. We are on our knees begging you to join the most nonexclusive group of rabble you've ever seen. One flock eating One Bread, One Body.

  • 10 years ago

    Protestants should know that confession to a priest of the Church Jesus founded is entirely Biblical.

    They should know that the Church was given the authority to reconcile repentant people with God by Jesus Himself when He said "whose sins you forgive they are forgiven and whose sins you retain they are retained", With this in mind the Catholic Church has formulated rules for confession to a priest by which sincere people can be sure that they are completely forgiven. One of those rules is that you have to acknowledge the authority given to the Church by Jesus to forgive sins on His behalf. If a Protestant accepts this then they are recognising the authority of the Church and there is no point in them remaining Protestant. They can experience the peace that comes from finally ending their rebellion against the Church that Jesus founded and coming back to their true home, the Church that Jesus established on Earth to guide people to the truth and ease their path to salvation.

  • 10 years ago

    Adam... Protestants cannot properly receive forgiveness through the Sacrament of reconciliation as they:

    1) Don't believe in the Sacrament, therefore making it of non-value to them

    2) They have not received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which is a requirement

    3) Just off the basis that they don't believe in the teachings of the Catholic Church, places them out of communion with the Church

    In short, doing so would be like going to a doctor but having no faith in HIS ability to help you be healed from your ailment. If you don't fully believe that it can be done, then you are going through the motions for no reason. However, this also applies to Catholics as well... If we go to confession, just to go, but do not TRULY believe that we can be forgiven, then forgiveness does not occur.

    GOD BLESS...

    Source(s): I'm CATHOLIC
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  • 10 years ago

    Insofar as I'm aware, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance is only for members of the Catholic Church. You can make an appointment and talk to a priest about whatever's bothering you, but I don't think he can give you sacramental Absolution. Even so, priests are trained to be able to help others through counseling and prayer, so your time would be well spent in consulting him.

    And as always, ignore the non-Catholics and alleged "ex-Catholics" who love nothing better than to badmouth what they don't really understand. Jesus gave His disciples and their successors, the priests, the authority to transmit God's forgiveness to the members of His true Church or deny sacramental Absolution to those whose repentance isn't sincere.

    Something that no fundamentalist, Baptist, or SDA 'pastor' will ever be able to do.

    Source(s): Catholic convert
  • 10 years ago

    Since willful rejection of The Catholic Church is a mortal sin, that sin also would have to be confessed. If a person intentionally withholds any sin, then no sins are forgiven. In a sense, unless the confession was part of the beginning of becoming explicitly Catholic, then I believe it would not be a valid confession and absolution. Surely, if the person informed the priest that he or she intends to remain protestant, then absolution would not be valid.

    I am Roman Catholic.

    Peace be with you.

  • 10 years ago

    A Catholic priest cannot absolve a Protestant, but many priests will hear the confession of a Protestant. It is done as a favor for the spiritual wellbeing of the individual.

  • 10 years ago

    It would not be a good forgiveness if it was permitted. The catholic church lives off of lies. It will not even admit when it was make - 305/6 A,D., by 29 lazy men that did not like ALL the EFFORT it took to be a real Christian, as Jesus taught we have to be. It dose not even permit Nuns to study the Bible! Only their new occupations to make more money. And look good on the outside.

    I've known several ex-nuns to tell me of this.

    Source(s): Bible, life
  • 10 years ago

    If that is what the protestant wants..yes

    At this point they would cease to be a protestant.

    Protestants believe that no intermediary is needed for forgiveness.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    depends on what you need to reconciled from.

    for counselling it is perfectly ok

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