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Specified here are such acts as attempting to or simulating the Sacrifice of the Eucharist, attempting to hear a sacramental confession or give absolution.
He was taught in the seminary that he could not give absolution until he had learned exactly what penitents had done and exactly how many times they had done it: This was called the "matter" of the sacrament.
He said there might be circumstances in which it was more appropriate for a woman to give absolution than a man.
But he said for some people "you can't give absolution as the fundamental condition for absolution is the person must separate from the sin, have the desire for change".
He said the Pope's letter did not refer to specific groups but added that for some people 'you cannot give absolution because the fundamental condition for absolution is that the person must separate from the sin, have the desire for change.