|The Sanctifying Function of the Church » The Sacraments » The Sacrament of Penance » The minister of the sacrament of penance|
|§1 For the valid absolution of sins, it is required that, in addition to the power of order, the minister has the faculty to exercise that power in respect of the faithful to whom he gives absolution.
§2 A priest can be given this faculty either by the law itself, or by a concession issued by the competent authority in accordance with can. 969.
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