In criminal proceedings, a confession is a document where a suspect admits having committed some crimes.
The Catholic sacrament of confession, lately renamed reconciliation, involves admitting sins to a priest and receiving penance (a task to complete in order to achieve absolution or forgiveness from God). The role of the Priest is of a judge and jury, in order to do this he must be given the power of jurisdiction over the person.
The form of absolution in the Roman rite is:
- God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.