The purpose of this article is to help you defend yourself against the claim made by some fundamentalists that you are not properly baptized (and therefore not saved) unless you are immersed in water.
Catholics need to go to a priest for confession because, at that moment, the priest acts in the person of Christ. He is a “servant of God’s forgiveness” and a conduit for the grace of forgiveness between God and man (Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC: 1466). In that sense, Catholics do still confess their sins directly to God.
Since it's Lent, we asked Father Dindo Billote all about the season.
Many of our Evangelical friends often ask, “Why do Catholics pray to Mary?” From their perspective, it looks as though Catholics are placing Mary on a par with God with all the statues, processions and devotions we have in her honor...