Pope Francis, thought to be the freshest thing to happen to the Catholic Church since Constantine, set a new precedent, again! Breaking with years of Catholic tradition of saying, "I confess my sins to Jesus in my heart," Pope Francis himself acknowledged that he is a sinner and went to a priest for Confession! By this action, he has refuted the commonly-held belief that confessing one's sins to God in one's heart is sufficient for forgiveness.
Hopefully you recognize the tongue-in-cheek humor above. But really, at a Penance Service at St. Peter's Basilica today, the Pope went to Confession himself before hearing the Confessions of others. So, my friends, if even the Pope goes to Confession, who are we to say that the Sacrament isn't for us, or that we prefer to confess our sins to Jesus in our hearts? That is not the way to Jesus arranged it. Jesus arranged it so that you can have the definitive judgment of the Church, the Bride of Christ, that your sins are forgiven. That way, you don't have to rely on a subjective feeling of whether or not you feel forgiven. The Church, with all the authority of Christ himself, says that you are forgiven when you receive absolution from a priest. Your sins do not exist anymore.
Confession is not an experience of judgment, but of love. My friends, GO TO CONFESSION!!!