Answer to a Jesuit. Chapter 5: Of The Priests Power To Forgive Sins

Man did not properly remit sin, but did declare and certify that it was remitted by God. So that the absolution received from man is nothing else than if he should say, Behold, my son, I certify thee that thy sins are forgiven thee; I pronounce unto thee that thou hast God favourable unto thee; and whatsoever Christ in baptism and in his Gospel hath promised unto us, he doth now declare and promise unto thee by me. Of this shalt thou have nie to be a witness: go in peace and in quiet of conscience.

By James Ussher

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