Pope Francis allows for expanded forgiveness for abortions

By Jill Replogle

Pope Francis said Tuesday that during a special “year of mercy” he’s designated that all priests would have the right to hear confession for abortion — a statement that immediately set off debate among theologians and canon lawyers over whether the pope’s comments were symbolic or reflected an actual change in Catholic Church practice.

In a letter, Pope Francis said he would allow all priests to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year.

The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is a sin that could be grounds for excommunication. Women in the Catholic Church who have had abortions have been able to confess, but the pope has expanded the number of priests who can hear their confession during the upcoming year that will be considered a “year of mercy.”

In a letter to the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pope Francis said the new rules would extend to women during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a special year for Catholics to receive blessing and pardon from God, a period that will begin on Dec. 8.

“I have met so many women who bear in their heart … continue reading

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