forgive sins confessed directly to Him without any need for Confession?"
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Q. Could God not
forgive our sins if we confessed them to Himself in secret?
A. Certainly, God
could forgive our sins if we confessed them to Himself in secret, but He has not
promised to do so; whereas He has promised to pardon them if we confess them to
His priests. Since He is free to pardon or not to pardon, He has the right to
establish a Sacrament through which alone He will pardon.
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