"the poor sinner kneels at his confessor's feet. He KNOWS he is not speaking to an ordinary man but to 'ANOTHER CHRIST,' He hears the words: 'I absolve thy sins..." and the HIDEOUS LOAD OF SINS DROPS FROM HIS SOUL FOREVER."
"Shall I be a priest"
pp 14 - 15
"This judicial authority will even include the power to forgive sin."
The Catholic Encyclopaedia Vol xii
"And God himself is obliged to abide by the judgment of his priest and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse to give absolution, provided the penitent is capable of it."
Duties and Dignities of the Priest