“Were the Redeemer to descend into a church, and sit in a confessional to administer the sacrament of penance, and a priest to sit in a confessional, Jesus would say over each penitent, ‘ego te absolvo”, the priest would likewise say over each of his penitents, ‘ego te absolvo’, and the penitents of each would be equally absolved.” Ibid., pg. 34.
“The priest does not only declare that the sinner is forgiven, but he really forgives him…so great is the power of the priest, that the judgments of heaven itself are subject to his decision.” The Catholic Priest, by Michael Meuller, Kreuzer Bros., 1876.
“Don’t go to God for forgiveness of sins, come to me.” -Pope John Paul II, LA Times, 12-12-1984
“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.” -Liguori, «Duties and Dignities of the Priest», p.27
“This judicial authority will even include the power to forgive sin.” [The Catholic Encyclopaedia Vol xii, article ‘Pope’ pg 265]
“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.” -William Doyle “Shall I be a priest” pp 14, 15