What is Absolution?

In Catholicism, absolution is the forgiveness of sins and their punishment by a priest. Catholics believe that God endows the priest with the power to forgive sins. In order for a Catholic to receive absolution in the Sacrament of Confession, he must examine his conscience to identify his sins, confess their nature and number to the priest, be sincerely sorry for offending God, and resolve to perform the penance that the priest gives him.