This difference between divine and human justice makes necessary the secrecy of the confessional - what the penitent confesses is for God's tribunal of mercy alone, not for men.
In the Catholic tradition, absolution from sin is obtained through confession, in which the penitent confesses to a priest who then absolves the sin and administers penitence.
The author meditates on the sweetness in the midst of bitterness of Christ's life, and asks that Christ would with his sweet mercy protect the penitent from the acids of sickness, sin, and temptation.
Third conclusion: if nothing works, one last route to redemption remains - the penitent news conference.
Journalists and their confidential sources have a special relationship, as inviolate as doctor and patient or priest and penitent .
His favoured tool was the confession note, a certificate confirming that a penitent had been confessed by an authorized priest.
Ignoring his penitent air, the headlines next morning cast him, to his own gratification, as the ultimate evil-doer.
We see here a truly humble and penitent man doing what he knows is the right thing.
We have to protect that confidentiality and we insist on personal confession of the penitent to the priests.
He prevailed upon them to sign the document with him, then in a deliberate piece of theatre, he donned the garb of a penitent , imposed a fast upon himself and publicly repented of his oath.