My good friend DHK posted this a previous thread. "Only God can forgive sins--not the apostles, not any man; only God (Mark 2:7). The apostles had no power to forgive sins, but their God-given message, the gospel would forgive all the sins of those that believed. Only in that way would sins be forgiven. Today, believers have the same power--forgiveness of sins comes through the gospel". So I went to the Scriptures to find the truth and this is what I found John 20 21-23. "21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven". Now that sounds pretty cut and dried to me. This is not to deny the reality that any forgiveness is done in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord, with each Apostle acting "in the person of Christ" (as our clergy does today). And by the way, this is where the orthodox faith traditions get the idea of confession, or reconciliation if you will, a sacrament derived directly from the Holy Scriptures.