I thought I would start a thread on the scrament of penance and start the discussion with parts of the CC. Maybe this will clear up some misunderstandings that our protestnat bretheren have about it. I will start with this and go on from there. I forgot to mention that questions are welcomed. Also comments form other Catholics.
1440 Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. 38
Only God forgives sin
1441 Only God forgives sins. 39 Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, “The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” and exercises this divine power: “Your sins are forgiven.” 40 Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in his name. 41