‘Pope Francis’ Nominates Over 1,000 ‘Super Confessors’ to Forgive Certain Sins

PopeROME — Roman Catholic leader Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, recently nominated over 1,000 priests to be “super confessors” and forgive sins that only top level officials would normally claim authority to forgive.

As the Vatican has declared 2016 as being the “Jubilee Year of Mercy,” the pontiff selected 1,142 priests that he dubbed “missionaries of mercy” and sent them out to receive confession from those who had committed especially grave sins in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church.

According to reports, such sins include plotting violence against the pontiff, defiling communion, violating the secrecy of a confession or the ordinating a bishop without authorization.

Francis spoke to an estimated 700 of his selected “super confessors” on Tuesday as he provided them instruction on the day before Ash Wednesday. He stated that some have come to avoid going to confession because priests chastise others for their sins or pry for details about their transgressions.

Priests “aren’t called to judge with a sense of superiority” he said.

“It is not with the cudgel of judgment that we succeed in bringing the lost sheep back to the fold,” the pontiff stated.

Reports state that priests will be spreading out in various nations, as one plans to make himself available to Canadian Eskimos, and another will spend the year touring Australia in a camper.

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“Dating back to the 12th Century, those who committed ‘reserved sins’ had their cases evaluated by a tribunal within the Vatican city before being sent to the Pope,” Catholic Online reports.

The outlet also notes that at the conclusion of confession, persons are assigned an act of penance, asserting that “[d]oing the penance will diminish the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.”

However, some disagree with the practice, stating that confessing before a priest is not necessary now that mankind can go to the one and only High Priest, Christ Jesus.

“[T]here is only one mediator between God and man and that is the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 2:5),” Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas told Christian News Network. “The Lord Jesus, the perfect high priest, put an end to the sacerdotal priesthood when He offered Himself the perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins to all who would repent and believe His gospel.”

He said that mere men, such as the selected “super confessors,” have no authority from God to forgive sins, and the “pope has no authority to appoint men to forgive sins.”

“The Bible tells us only God can forgive sins (Mark 2:7),” Gendron stated. “In fact, when Simon the sorcerer tried to buy the gift of God with money, Peter, who Catholics mistakenly believe was their first pope, told him to go directly to God to confess his sin (Acts 8:18-22).”

He encouraged those burdened with the weight and guilt of their sin to confess to God Himself.

“God’s Word tells us, ‘If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9),'” Gendron outlined. “‘Everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through His name (Acts 10:43).'”

“Every born again Christian has this blessed hope: ‘God made us alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross (Col. 2:13-14),'” he continued. “Forgiveness of sins is available to all who repent and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15).”


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  • Steven

    nominated over 1,000 priests to be “super confessors” and forgive sins

    But…but…God, I was forgiven by a super confessor. :-/

  • Debbi Lynch

    Only GOD forgives sins – by HIS grace we are saved, and forgiven. X-Catholic here. Emphasis on “X”. By the grace of God!! Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

    • monaaa

      Amen. I actually felt a deep feeling of betrayal when I left the Catholic Church at 29. Having been quite devout, I was never knowledgeable of “only by the blood of the lamb”.

    • afchief

      Correct! No man can forgive sins. However, we can confess our sins to one another.

      James 5:16 (NASB) Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

      • Nannie Brown

        confess our faults!

  • The Guest

    “And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. ***And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, “How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?” When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.***” Mark 2:15-17

    “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; ***and all that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.***” John 6:37

    “***No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.***” 6:44

    “***For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that faitheth;*** to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16

    “***For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.***” Romans 3:23

    “***We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;*** and the Lord has laid on Him (Christ) the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

    “***Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.*** But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:15-17

  • james rallis

    Is this anything like super delegates?

  • madgrandma

    What religion is this guy representing?

  • Coach

    To God alone be the glory brethren as those of us who’ve been redeemed by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are spared from this doctrine of demons, let’s pray that God will save more out of these false systems.

  • Karova Milk Bar

    this guy is a priest like barry is a Christian, American born

  • Karova Milk Bar

    barry was anointed by lackies,
    so why not anoint everyone in the name of fairness? bwahahahaaa

  • Becky

    Alas, the blind will obey the command of the pompous pope. If only they would read the scriptures for themselves…and obey God Almighty through Christ alone…they would find the truth and the truth would make them free (John 8:32).

  • Quantz

    But of course when some fundamentalist faith healer “cures” someone’s bad back on TV, everyone believes it.

  • thelordlives2011

    This just another example of some the apostasy of the Catholic Church. Only Jesus Christ as our High Priest in Heaven can forgive sins. Not some goober dressed in black in a box can forgive sins.

  • billinghamboy

    False religion will produce false methods.

  • mamabear111

    The only way one can have their sins forgiven is to ask G-d in the name of Jesus..and also for anyone including popes who call themselves HOLY FATHER, when the only HOLY FATHER is the L-rd who sits on the Throne in Heaven. all people who call themselves G-d in any way is commiting Blasphemy a unforgiveable sin..

  • Reason2012

    “And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.”
    Luke 5:21-24

    It just shows yet again how catholicism teaches anti-Christ doctrines, pretending they are mediators between God and man and can forgive sins.

    We need to read our bible yet again, starting with gospels, rather than believing what any denomination says is God’s truth.

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      Yeah, and did you happen to read this:

      Matthew 9:2-8,

      ‘Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has AUTHORITY ON EARTH TO FORGIVE SINS.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such AUTHORITY to MAN.’

      • Reason2012

        Yes, Jesus is not just a man – He is God and He is the only one that has authority to forgive sins. Those who think Jesus was only a man would instead think God had “given authority to man to forgive sins”.

        “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
        1 Timothy 2:5

        According to the catholic denomination there are countless mediators -now super mediators and so on.

        • Joseph Essien-Obot

          Well, that’s according to what you want to understand. Jesus is the one mediator in the sense that ALL authentic mediation happens in his name, this is why you can pray for others, prayer for others is called… mediation, isn’t it? Why can you truly pray for others? Because of yourself or Christ?

          We are called to PARTICIPATE in the Salvation Christ won for us that’s why Jesus says, “carry your cross and follow me”, that’s why Paul can say, “pray for one another”, “pray for me”, “I pray for you”, ” I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions”. These do not mean that Jesus is no longer Savior or that Christ’s salvation is not complete but that our Salvation is through Christ, i.e. get with the programme.

          The KJV translation is thus, “But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto MEN.” Just want to see what you’ll make of this.

          I’m interested too in what this means to you:

          John 20:22,23,

          ‘And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

          • Reason2012

            Well, that’s according to what you want to understand.

            No, it’s according to what God has literally told us. There’s nothing to interpret.

            Jesus is the one mediator in the sense that ALL authentic mediation happens in his name,

            No, He didn’t say all mediation happens “by others in His name” – it says He IS the mediator Himself.

            this is why you can pray for others, prayer for others is called… mediation, isn’t it?

            We pray to CHRIST for others – you think that makes US mediators now and hence Christ is not the only mediator be we are as well?! He is the mediator that forgives sins. Not other “super confessors” that forgive sins instead. Not us because we prayed FOR them and hope the mediator Christ forgives them. Not priests that forgive sins instead. Not Mary that forgives sins instead.

            There is ONE mediator – not many. One. Christ, Jesus. Pray to Him alone. Go to Him alone. If others pray for us, they are praying to Him alone.

            We are called to PARTICIPATE in the Salvation Christ won for us that’s why Jesus says, “carry your cross and follow me”,

            No, Christ is saying we need to die to the things of this world and live for Him. Not to somehow contribute to our salvation as if what God did is not enough.

            “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”
            1 Corinthians 15:31

            “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
            Romans 8:13

            that’s why Paul can say, “pray for one another”, “pray for me”, “I pray for you”,

            But who are we praying TO? Christ. Who’s the mediator? Christ. We’re not praying to saints no longer here. We’re not praying to Mary. We’re not praying to the pope. We pray to Christ.

            “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
            For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
            Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

            Hebrews 4:14-16

            The KJV translation is thus, “But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto MEN.” Just want to see what you’ll make of this.

            I already told you. He just got done performing a miracle – you think they were instead focusing on “wow he really did forgive this mans’ sins”? (How would they know this man’s sins were truly forgiven?!) Or “Wow He just healed that man of palsy right before our eyes that could not walk his whole life!! What a miracle!!”?

            I’m interested too in what this means to you: John 20:22,23 ‘And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

            As Matthew Henry puts is:
            Just to the Apostles at that time: this follows upon their receiving the Holy Ghost; for, if they had not had an extraordinary spirit of discerning, they had not been fit to be entrusted with such an authority; for, in the strictest sense, this is a special commission to the apostles themselves and the first preachers of the gospel, who could distinguish who were in the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity, and who were not.

            By virtue of this power, Peter struck Ananias and Sapphira dead, and Paul struck Elymas blind.

            Yet it must be understood as a general charter to the church and her ministers, not securing an infallibility of judgment to any man or company of men in the world, but encouraging the faithful stewards of the mysteries of God to stand to the gospel they were sent to preach, for that God himself will stand to it.

            The apostles, in preaching remission, must begin at Jerusalem, though she had lately brought upon herself the guilt of Christ’s blood: “Yet you may declare their sins remitted upon gospel terms.” And Peter did so, Act_2:38; Act_3:19.

            Christ, being risen for our justification, sends his gospel heralds to proclaim the jubilee begun, the act of indemnity now passed; and by this rule men shall be judged, Joh_12:48; Rom_2:16; Jam_2:12.

            You instead think this means we’re all mediators because we pray for others, as you said? That there are countless mediators and Christ is not the only mediator?

            Man-centered doctrines, Joseph.

            In the end it’s God we’d have to convince of these man-centered doctrines, not men.

          • Joseph Essien-Obot

            Whether we pray to Jesus, whether we pray to the Father THROUGH Jesus, we do on behalf of another, that’s mediation, no need for long stories.

            I also said that as Christians we are called to PARTICIPATE. By participating in Christ, I am at a loss, how does Jesus cease to be the one mediator? He is the one that’s why we participate, we are not mediators apart from Christ! If you think mediation puts you in competition with Christ then by all means don’t pray for anyone, let Christ ALONE do that.

            //I already told you. He just got done performing a miracle – you think
            they were instead focusing on “wow he really did forgive this mans’
            sins”?//

            Maybe you would have noticed the discourse is about the POWER to forgive sins, like you, the Pharisees said “only God can…”. But Jesus, to show that the SON OF MAN could and so healed the paralytic. His healing was BECAUSE of the forgiveness of his sins (Jews believed that misfortune was the consequence of sin). This is why they marvelled and glorified God who gave MEN this POWER!

            As for John 20:23 I think it’s pretty straightforward. Christ was giving the Apostles authority to do something, to forgive or not to forgive in his name (breathed on them). There really is no need to make so many contortions to make it mean something else.

            God asks our participation, “be part of me” he says, you say no, be God, I’ll be man, well, his invitation you reject. It’s unfortunate you see such to be his wish.

          • Reason2012

            Whether we pray to Jesus, whether we pray to the Father THROUGH Jesus, we do on behalf of another, that’s mediation, no need for long stories.

            But that doesn’t make the person a MEDIATOR. HUGE difference.

            “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
            1 Timothy 2:5

            God’s Word makes it clear: there’s one mediator, and God tells us who this ONE mediator is: Christ Jesus.

            If you wish to call God a liar and pretend there are now other mediators, it’s God you’ll have to convince, not men.

            Thank you for posting.

          • Joseph Essien-Obot

            Lol! OK then Reason2012, what does it make the person? I don’t understand this dichotomy. When a Christian prays for another he mediates, in other words, he PARTICIPATES in the ONE mediation of Christ. How does that stop Jesus from being the ONE mediator or stop the Christian from being a mediator, co-mediators, just as we are priests, prophets and kings without taking anything from Christ from whom we derive these. The two are not mutually exclusive, they mutually inclusive, that’s what makes us Christ-like, Christians!

            This theological position you espouse is simply one developed for the purpose of opposing Catholic (Universal) Christian teaching, it is not based on truth but a false literalness.

            “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, INTERCESSIONS, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.”
            1 Timothy 2:1

            This is sequel to what Paul says in 2:5 and they must be reconciled, now shouldn’t they, unless maybe you see a difference between intercession and mediation. Why should we MEDIATE? BECAUSE… 1 Tim. 2:5.

  • Joseph Essien-Obot

    Matthew 9:2-8,

    ‘Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has AUTHORITY ON EARTH TO FORGIVE SINS.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such AUTHORITY to MAN.’

    John 20:22,23,

    ‘And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

    I notice none of these are mentioned in the comments below. Can anyone tell me what these mean and what their relevance in Scripture is?

    Thanks.

  • Joseph Essien-Obot

    Matthew 9:2-8,

    ‘Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has AUTHORITY ON EARTH TO FORGIVE SINS.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such AUTHORITY to MAN.’

    John 20:22,23,

    ‘And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

    I notice none of these are mentioned in the comments below. Can anyone tell me what these mean and what their relevance in Scripture is?

    Thanks.

  • Bill388

    Oh good grief. Why would I need one or a thousand men to forgive my sins, when I can go right to the source of forgiveness?

    1 Timothy 2:5
    “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” No Mary, no priests, just ONE mediator, Christ Jesus.

    “1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” The “he” referred to here, who will forgive our sins, is not a priest, but Jesus Christ.

    In this section, Stephen was neither a priest himself, nor had any priest interceding for him, but calls directly ONLY on his mediator, the high priest and Son of God Jesus:
    Acts 7: “54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

    57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.”