Of England received absolution for the murder of Thomas Becket.
(3) It became the custom to give the absolution to penitents immediately after their confession and before the penance was performed.
On the 6th of July 1909 he was suddenly taken ill, on the 10th he received conditional absolution from a priest of the diocese of Southwark, and on the 12th extreme unction from the prior of Storrington.
Penance accompanied by the judicial absolution of the priest makes a true sacrament.
However bad his natural disposition, the magical words of absolution would make him a new man.