Is the priest "another Christ" when he says Holy Mass, hears confessions, etc.?

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Is the priest “another Christ” when he says Holy Mass, hears confessions, etc.?


The Church teaches that the priest ministers in persona Christi, in the person of Christ. In speaking to his disciples, Jesus said, “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me” (Lk 10:16). “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (Jn 20:22–23).

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  1. There is ONE Christ Jesus. Not even the apostles were as arrogant as to think themselves as Christ or God.
    Read 1 Corinthians 1: 11-18
    This is how satan tries to deceive man – to let them think they can be God.

    1. The apostles never claim they are Christ but servant of Christ. Matt. 28…Full authority has been given to me both in Heaven and earth, Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you and know that I am with you always till the end of time. John 20 v 21, John 20 v 23 Receive the Holy Spirit, If you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them, If you hold them bound ,they are held bound. This exp. of confessions of sins to a priest to receive the sign of God’s healing of forgiveness is called by the Church the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Jesus intended this power to be exercised not only the apostles but also b their successor for the good of sinners. Jesus gave them (apostles and their successor) the power to forgive, bound and loose on earth.

  2. I don’t really think so. Even when he is offering Mass or hears confessions, there is nothing Christlike in him/them…. They are supposed to be representing the Lord….. And if indeed they are, it is ridiculous to believe that they are another Christ during Mass and when they hear confessions and not so when they are dealing with other worldly matters…. Christ remains Christ always….. Therefore, the priest, bishop, cardinal or whoever in the Religious Order and even the nuns – who claim to represent Christ – need to be Christlike at all times….

  3. Only god can forgive sin. When we go to confessions we are admitting to another human being we have sinned. This is the greatest act of contrition. The priest is there to remind us it is god who forgives us. And christ sent his apostles out to for give sin in his name not the priests.

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