4. The Church Forgives Sins

Catholic Position

There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive.

¶986 By Christ’s will, the Church possesses the power to forgive the
sins of the baptized…

¶1448 The
Church, who through the bishop and his priests forgives sins in the
name of Jesus Christ and determines the manner of satisfaction

Scripture Says

Mark 2:7

7  Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins
but God only?

Ephesians 4:32

32  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ’s
sake hath forgiven you


  • Who alone can and does forgive sin?