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absolution

noun acquittal, amnesty, clearance, discharge, dismissal, dismissal of an accusation, exculpation, exoneration, forgiveness, forgiveness of sins, grace, liberation, pardon, purgation, release, release from punishment, remission, reprieve, vindication
See also: acquittal, amnesty, clemency, compurgation, condonation, discharge, dispensation, exception, exoneration, grace, immunity, impunity, liberation, pardon, remission, waiver

absolution

the formal setting free from guilt, sentence or obligation; the remission of sin or penance.

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

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That feeling would probably be lost or watered down in a communal service with general absolution.
Being refused absolution because the priest did not think I was sufficiently contrite.
The only thing that cheapens the experience is the lack of respect for general absolution by those who think their church experience is the only valid church experience.
I have experienced the return of several of our own children from the gift of general absolution.
This is tragic and sad--not the loss of general absolution.
Christ gave general absolution to those who approached him.