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    Exclamation Pope Francis Extends Priests’ Ability to Forgive Abortion

    VATICAN CITY — The Roman Catholic Church will allow priests throughout the world to grant absolution for abortion, the Vatican said on Monday, making permanent a policy that Pope Francis announced a year ago.

    In a document marking the conclusion of the church’s yearlong Jubilee of Mercy, the pope extended a policy of allowing priests — and not only bishops — to grant forgiveness for abortion, which the church considers a sin. The announcement was a signal of the pope’s vision of a more welcoming, merciful and inclusive church.

    While firmly restating his opposition to abortion as “a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life,” the pope affirmed 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.” The document, an apostolic letter, was signed on Sunday after a Mass denoting the end of the jubilee year. It was made public on Monday.

    Pope Francis’ decision last year, at the start of the jubilee, followed in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II, who granted priests the same right during the previous holy year, in 2000.
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    The notion that some sin is worse thank others is just so insane to me. Had you murdered an infant, any priest could give you forgiveness, but because it was an abortion, it takes special rights for a regular priest to do this. Yet we keep giving these political organizations tax shelter. Its insane.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dr.strangelove Click here to enlarge
    The notion that some sin is worse thank others is just so insane to me. Had you murdered an infant, any priest could give you forgiveness, but because it was an abortion, it takes special rights for a regular priest to do this. Yet we keep giving these political organizations tax shelter. Its insane.
    Didn't realize that about Priests being able to absolve murder of an infant.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Crazy Guggenheim Click here to enlarge
    Didn't realize that about Priests being able to absolve murder of an infant.
    A priest can absolve any sin unless the pope deems it one of the few that need a bishop to do it. Murder can be absolved by any priest. Its just more of the long term put down of women by the church.
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    Not long ago divorced catholics were not allowed to have holy communion which was so ridiculous. But the church allowed Joe kennedy to have his first marriage annulled so he could remarry in the church. Talk about politics in the catholic church.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SubstituteTeacher Click here to enlarge
    Not long ago divorced catholics were not allowed to have holy communion which was so ridiculous. But the church allowed Joe kennedy to have his first marriage annulled so he could remarry in the church. Talk about politics in the catholic church.
    I had not been to a catholic service in over 25 years, so I am a bit out of practice, but when my father passed and I went to the funeral mass, the priest said that although all are welcome to hear the lord's world, only roman catholics without sin are invited to receive communion. I understand the rule, but the way it was said seemed rude to me.
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