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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, explaining why the Vatican decided to release the outcome of a "tribunal of conscience," a previously secretive review of clerical sins so grave only the pope can grant absolution (Associated Press, Jan.
The tribunal, which had been formed by Pope Alexander III in 1179, has never before divulged details of the cases it scrutinizes, cases that were considered so heinous by the Catholic Church that only the Pope can grant absolution to the perpetrator.
Wiesenthal cannot bring himself to grant absolution.
This was a searing departure from Catholicism where priests grant absolution from sin.
Confession and the authority to grant absolution also greatly enhanced the power of the priest.