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Pope extends priests’ special permission to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion


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Catholic Herald UK
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Date:
11/21/2016

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ABSTRACTPope Francis extends priests’ special permission to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion – CatholicHerald.co.uk Menu Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Latest News Pope Francis extends priests’ special permission to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion by Staff Reporter posted Monday, 21 Nov 2016 Pope Francis (CNS) The Pope also extended his decree that allow SSPX priests to hear valid confessions. Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion, extending special permission he had granted them in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy. Francis wrote in Misericordia et misera, an apostolic letter concluding the Year of Mercy, that “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach,” while staunchly reiterating that “abortion is a grave sin.” “I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion,” he wrote. “The provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the Extraordinary Holy Year, is hereby extended, notwithstanding anything to the contrary. I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state 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. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation.” In the letter, released on Monday, the Pope also extended his decree that allow SSPX priests to hear valid confessions. “For the Jubilee Year I had also granted that those faithful who, for various reasons, attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, can validly and licitly receive th.......