Have you ever thought it is easier to simply say sorry to God yourself and that this is enough to absolve you from your sins? Why should you need to go to a priest when you can speak directly to Jesus and ask for forgiveness?
The answer is in Sacred Scripture and it is probably clearer than you think. Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics at Catholic Answers, has tackled this very issue head on and provides us with a detailed scriptural basis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the need for priestly participation.
Click here to read Tim’s article on Confession: http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/is-confession-in-scripture-0