Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
XP: Treatise On Contrition
Q[20] Of Those On Whom The Power Of The Keys Can Be Exercised
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We must now consider those on whom the power of the keys can be exercised. Under this head there are three points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether a priest can use the key, which he has, on any man?

A[2] Whether a priest can always absolve his subject?

A[3] Whether anyone can use the keys on his superior?