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absolution

the formal setting free from guilt, sentence or obligation; the remission of sin or penance.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

ABSOLUTION. A definite sentence whereby a man accused of any crime is acquitted.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I know I heard many individual Confessions in that parish that never would have happened unless they had experienced general absolution first, some from those with past experiences that had made them vow to take their chances with God rather than subject themselves to angry confessors.
Last March, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued its own worldwide directive restricting General Absolution to conditions of canonical norms only.
Being refused absolution because the priest did not think I was sufficiently contrite.
I feel also that one of the weaknesses of General Absolution is that it gives no opportunity to the penitent to exercise spiritual courage.
But when Absolution faces a threat from beyond Earth, the stranger finds that he is its only hope of salvation.
Paige will be representing her team, Absolution, at WrestleMania 34 this Sunday Watch it LIVE on the WWE Network.
It will only lead, as it has been leading, to moments when the guaranteed absolution suddenly feels unclean.
In the past, only a bishop or a designated chief confessor of a diocese could grant absolution for an abortion.
I repeated what I said to Geoffrey Boycott and Dickie Bird and they said 'It's a joke, that's absolutely fine', so I think absolution from those two Yorkshiremen - I hope that will be enough to see me through.
What white people are really asking for when they demand forgiveness from a traumatised community is absolution. They want absolution from the racism that infects us all even though forgiveness cannot reconcile America's racist sins.
Even dictators know that they will always receive absolution and a warm welcome from the Church of Rome, an equal opportunity faith that doesn't discriminate on the grounds of religion, race or criminal record.