The Profession of Faith
The Creed links “the forgiveness of sins” with its
profession of faith in the Holy Spirit, for the risen
Christ entrusted to the apostles the power to forgive
sins when he gave them the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of the forgive-
ness of sins: it unites us to Christ, who died and rose,
and gives us the Holy Spirit.
By Christ’s will, the Church possesses the power to
forgive the sins of the baptized and exercises it
through bishops andpriests normally in the sacrament
“In the forgiveness of sins, both priests and sacraments
are instruments which our Lord Jesus Christ, the only
author and liberal giver of salvation, wills to use in
order to efface our sins and give us the grace of justifi-
I, 11, 6).