The affair was laid for decision before the grand penitentiary, Cardinal Lorenzo Pucci.
Through the confessional their nefarious trade became known to the grand penitentiary of Paris.
On the left is the chair of the grand penitentiary, where great princes have to make their public confession as pilgrims.
early 15c., "place of punishment for offenses against the church," from Medieval Latin penitentiaria, from fem. of penitentiarius (adj.) "of penance," from Latin paenitentia "penitence" (see penitence). Meaning "house of correction" (originally an asylum for prostitutes) is from 1806, short for penitentiary house (1776). Slang shortening pen is attested from 1884.