Only people who were baptised were part of the church. Baptised persons received forgiveness from participating in Eucharist, prayer, almsgiving and fasting;But could only recieve forgiveness once
Twelfth and Thirteenth
You're free of sin, go help those in need
A formal ritual for forgiveness of sin was created. It was a public ritual performed by the bishop or priest. It was reserved for bigger sins and sins could be held onto for 3-15 years.
Its a sacrament
This is when people preferred to seek private rituals for forgiveness with monks.
go forth and get reconciled, for God is merciful
This is where patterns of reconciliation was created. the confession(person confession), Contrition(person is sorry), Absolution(person is forgiven) and Satisfaction(Priest gives person something to atone)
Confession/Penance was declared a sacrament of the church
The II Vatican revised the sacrament, it emphasised gods love and mercy, The opportunity for for forgiveness and the importance of community