Yes God gave authority to his disciples to forgive sins. However as we see in the case of Simon the sorcerer that the propositions of selling the gifts of the Holy was abhorrent. So go on and attempt to soft sell the absolute evil of pope Leo, and you become the propagandaist of Satan.
Alms giving is one way of doing penance but Leo let people be misled by the people collecting the alms and those bad people lied and said the indulgence that was earned by their alms would give the alms giver more than it actually did. Leo was not a good fit for the job he had.
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