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absolution

Christianity
a. a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
b. the prescribed form of words granting such a remission
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and, finishing the prayer of absolution, the priest blessed him and dismissed him.
By a species of pious fraud, for which no doubt the worthy priest found his absolution in the purity of his motives, he declared that, while no positive change was actually wrought in the mind of Middleton, there was every reason to hope the entering wedge of argument had been driven to its head, and that in consequence an opening was left, through which, it might rationally be hoped, the blessed seeds of a religious fructification would find their way, especially if the subject was left uninterruptedly to enjoy the advantage of catholic communion.
Going to the communal penance service with individual absolutions.
In an apostolic letter to bishops, the Vatican has announced that some "habitual" sinners can never be forgiven and urged priests to desist from granting group confessions and blanket absolutions.
leafless, not puddles clarified to ice, the absolutions of fog in a
He bought more absolutions than he could afford and built a chapel on his estate in Slapton where monks provide continuous prayers for him.
bishops a Vatican commentary suggesting such absolutions were "a serious abuse.