Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pope Francis Extends Abortion Forgiveness Indefinitely

Pope Francis closing the Holy Door to end the Jubilee Year of Mercy in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Nov. 20
Photo courtesy: Reuters

At the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis, on November 21, through an apostolic letter ('Misericordia et Misera'), extended the time for forgiving abortion indefinitely. Earlier Catholic Bishops could forgive the sin of abortion if the penitent confessed it. Now he extended it to all priests of the world. 

The pope reiterated that "abortion is a grave sin, since it put an end to an innocent life" but he also mentioned that "there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father," reported the Catholic News Agency. 

The Catholic Church teaching on abortion is: a woman, along with others who assist her in procuring abortion, is automatically excommunicated from the Church. Only the Bishops could absolve the sin of abortion and bring back 
these persons to the Church.

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