What Austria desired to be was a state at once conciliatory and just, and it opposed no national demand which did not overstep the limits of state security; but this loosing of bonds unchained at the same time a number of national passions before which the state retired step by step.
The authority to grant such discharge was conceived to be included in the power of binding and loosing committed by Christ to His Church; and when in the course of time the vaguer theological conceptions of the first ages of Christianity assumed scientific form and shape at the hands of the Schoolmen, the doctrine came to prevail that this discharge of the sinner's debt was made through an application to the offender of what was called the " Treasure of the Church " (Thurston, p. 315).
22, and to technical use of the words "binding" and "loosing" by the scribes in authoritative decisions as to the obligations of the law.
It must, however, be noted that the power of binding and loosing is given in Matt.
The function of " binding and loosing," here assigned to him, is in identical terms assigned to the disciples generally in a passage in ch.