The Council of Trent (1545 - 1563)
"But our Lord instituted the sacrament of
on the occasion when after his resurrection, he
upon his disciples saying: "Receive the Holy
sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and
sins you shall retain, they are retained" (John
The universal agreement of the Father has always
that by such a striking action and by clear words
the power of
remitting and of retaining sins, and of reconciling
who have fallen after baptism was communicated to
apostles and to their legitimate successors; ...
holy council accepts and approves the true meaning
words of our Lord and condemns the false
... those words."