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Pope: “During the Jubilee all priests will be able to absolve faithful of the sin of abortion”


ANDREA TORNIELLI

Source:
Vatican Insider
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Date:
9/1/2015

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ABSTRACTPope: “During the Jubilee all priests will be able to absolve faithful of the sin of abortion” - Vatican Insider LANGUAGE:    Italiano   English      Español www.vaticaninsider.com  :: Tuesday 01 September 2015 ::  Home ::  News ::  World News ::  Inquiries and Interviews The Vatican ::  Agenda ::  About us ::  libri 09/ 1/2015  Pope: “During the Jubilee all priests will be able to absolve faithful of the sin of abortion” Tweet Pope Francis in the confessional In a letter Francis has written to Fisichella , he states that Jubilee Indulgences will be granted in all prison chapels: the prison cell door will be like a Holy Door. Absolution will be fully valid, even when granted by priests from Lefebvre’s Fraternity of St. Pius X during confession. And faithful will be able to obtain the Jubilee Indulgence through works of mercy ANDREA TORNIELLI vatican city During the Jubilee all priests will be able to absolve faithful of the sin of abortion during confession. Pope Francis has written a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichela - President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation and head of Jubilee initiatives - containing three significant new points that are being introduced on the occasion of the Extraordinary Holy Year of mercy.   The new points mentioned in the letter dated 1 September are as follows: Point no. 1: All priests throughout the world, not just “missionaries of mercy”, will be able to absolve faithful of the sin of abortion during the Jubilee. Point no. 2: The Jubilee Indulgence will be granted not only in Rome’s basilicas and or in sanctuaries and the cathedrals of the various dioceses, but also in all prison chapels around the world. And lastly, point no.3: in order to encourage steps towards full communion with the Fraternity of St. Pius X founded by traditionalist archbishop Marcel lefebvre, Francis has written that sacramental absolutions administered by priests of the Fraternity will be fully valid even if the individual who grants them does not ordinarily have the power and authority to do so.   “One of the serious problems of our time,” the Pope writes in his letter to Fisichella, “is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe they they have no other option.”   “I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision,” the letter goes on to say. “I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father.” “For this reason too,” Francis adds, “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfil this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”   The first decision clearly shows the Bishop of Rome’s will to allow as many people as possible to re-establish contact with the Church and the sacraments, without leaving anyone out. A woman who procures a successful abortion incurs an automatic latae sententiae excommunication (1398), as well as those who persuade her to go ahead with the abortion and and those who carry out or assist in the abortion, cannot ordinarily be absolved by just any confessor, but only by a bishop or certain priests appointed by him. On certain occasions, such as Lent or Advent, some bishops extend this faculty to all the priests in their diocese. Francis’ decision makes this faculty universal, allowing all confessors to pardon those who have had an abortion or procured an abortion. The second decision highlights the special attention Francis wishes to give to those behind bars, doing all that he can in order to ensure that inmates who would like to obtain a Jubilee Indulgence in prison, can.   “My thoughts also turn to those incarcerated, whose freedom is limited,” Francis writes. “The .......