(1) Using an excellent anecdotal storytelling style, Forest goes on to portray the concepts of sin, confession, forgiveness, and absolution and includes actual confessions sent to him.(2) They favored the use of general absolution and found that the practice of private confession encouraged scrupulosity.(3) she had been granted absolution for her sins(4) Furthermore, annual confession had been made obligatory in 1215 at the Fourth Lateran Council so that a priest had an opportunity to talk privately to the penitents and to correct errors as well as giving them absolution for their sins.(5) This process involves confession to a priest, acts of contrition, receiving absolution , and performing works of satisfaction.(6) This predisposes us to believe the worst of ourselves and others, and to seek, not a resolution to problems, but an absolution from sin.(7) Clearly, the state now both sanctioned murder and offered absolution from guilt for the perpetrators.(8) When, after an absence of eight years, he attempts to heal the rift with his three daughters, each girl demands a different absolution from him.(9) absolution from the sentence(10) Holding a separate service just for confession and absolution before a service of communion is an old practice for Lutherans.(11) It has been suggested that the only way to face the guilt after a serious error is through confession, restitution, and absolution .(12) The priest would hear confessions and give absolution for sins.(13) I think they each wanted some nod of blessing and assurance; wanted absolution from Mary so they could go back to having a good time.(14) When we look honestly at the facts, we see that there is no liturgical, theological, pastoral, or canonical reason that would keep the bishops from granting permission for the use of general absolution .(15) After all, a priest doesn't provide absolution for sins about to be committed.(16) I can identify with the possible need for confession, restitution, and absolution , or at least resolution.