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Pope Directs Priests to Grant Forgiveness to Women Who Had Abortions, Former Abortion Doctors


STEVEN ERTELT

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LifeNews.com
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
5/6/2015

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ABSTRACTPope Directs Priests to Grant Forgiveness to Women Who Had Abortions, Former Abortion Doctors | LifeNews.com Advertisement DONATE DONATE SEARCH MENU X Categories National State International Bioethics Opinion Advertising About Us Reprint Donate Search Pope Directs Priests to Grant Forgiveness to Women Who Had Abortions, Former Abortion Doctors International   Steven Ertelt   May 6, 2015   |   3:32PM    Washington, DC Share this story: In 2016, women who’ve had abortions and doctors that have performed them will be able to receive pardons from Pope Francis. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In the Catholic Church, abortion can result in automatic excommunication and only be forgiven by high-ranking clergy or by making a pilgrimage to Rome during a Holy Year. However, Pope Francis is sending “missionaries of mercy” all over the world to forgive and offer reconciliation to those hurting from abortion. At a press conference, Rino Fisichella from Jubilee Year Monsignor said that the Pope meant the gesture ‘”as a concrete sign that a priest must be a man of mercy and close to all.” He added that those priests who apply to be missionaries must be especially skilled and good confessors. Here’s more: The theme of the Holy Year, which begins on December 8th, has been widely interpreted as a signal by Francis that the church should be less judgmental. In a document known as a ‘bull of indiction’ explaining how he wants Catholic to celebrate the Jubilee year, the pope said that ‘the church must be ‘an oasis of mercy’. It went on: ‘The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.’ The United Nations has previously condemned the Vatican for excommunicating the mother and doctor of a nine-year-old girl who had an abortion in Brazil in 2009 after she was raped by her stepfather and became pregnant .......