Dating from an orthodox perspective
Don’t worry, our churches don’t have the confessional booth like the movies where you talk to the voice behind the wall, but rather it’s a real conversation on how to better us.
The priest is the channel to God, he is not supposed to hold grudges or judge you for your sin, but rather give you advice to repair your life. Christ says in the Gospel of Matthew, “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” James says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Acts says, “Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.” This has been a practice of the Church since the beginning.
The juxtaposition of these two details “has caused,” as Schürer notes, “the greatest difficulties even to the defenders of Luke,”) generally proceeds (sometimes simultaneously) along the following two lines, which will be first listed and then more fully discussed below: (1) Extant records indicate Quirinius served in several official capacities, (perhaps) even in Syria, before his well-known Syrian governorship in A. 6; (2) Textual and grammatical evidence allows for other readings of Luke’s text, readings which do not demand that Quirinius’s governorship in Syria be contemporaneous with Herod’s reign or Christ’s birth. Further, Tacitus is thought to refer to one such incident involving Archeleus the Younger (no relation to Herod’s son, Archeleus), a ruler of Cappadocia (, p. Perhaps this is further supported by Rome’s other specific accommodations to Jewish customs, namely tax exemption every Sabbath year (Josephus, Antiquities 14.202–10) and freedom of special religious observances (e.g., “Sabbaths and…their other rites,” , as the latter would imply more of a connection between this and the well-known registration in A. 304), question the relevance of the Lapis Tiburtinus to which Ramsay appeals, since the twice serving legate (a) is unnamed (though found near Varus’s Roman residence) and (b) is not clearly said to have served twice in Syria. And, returning to the first point, what further points away from the inscription’s referring to Quirinius is the geographical implausibility of his governing Syria while simultaneously waging war in the Taurus mountains. Further there is some difficulty in supposing that citizens of Antipas’s Galilee would be liable in A. 6 to taxation in a neighboring Roman province, namely Judea. On this final suggestion, it is to be noted that, like Syrian gubernatorial records, the Asian records are also incomplete, happening to have a lacuna for the period under question (ibid., p.
From my perspective, the most forgotten mystery (“sacrament”) of the Church is the mystery of Confession, also called the order of penance.