Pope Francis tells priests they can permanently forgive abortion

Posted by | November 21, 2016 07:30 | Filed under: Politics Religion

This extends what had been a temporary measure.

I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter marking the end of the “Year of Mercy”.

“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,” he wrote.

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15 responses to Pope Francis tells priests they can permanently forgive abortion

  1. Jimmy Fleck November 21st, 2016 at 10:55

    I have to admit that as a lifelong Catholic I did not know that there were any sins that were not forgivable in regular Confession.

  2. mistlesuede November 21st, 2016 at 11:48

    This won’t be necessary since Orange Horror and his sicko sidekick will be putting the end of Roe vs Wade at the top of their list.

    • Dwendt44 November 21st, 2016 at 19:16

      They’ll just change the rules if they can’t get their way. The nuclear option is already being mentioned.

  3. William November 21st, 2016 at 13:34

    The right isn’t really pro life, they are pro-control. They are now led by a man who publically advocated for the murder of the families of combatants. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3f4f877526278d6d0c9585ca05f1d54f63c9aa5b9fa700c8a70b75394ef146f.jpg

    • Robert M. Snyder November 21st, 2016 at 22:41

      I don’t think that Sister Joan meant what you think she meant. She didn’t say that it is okay to abort unwanted pregnancies. She only said that people’s concern shouldn’t end at birth. She is asking more of the pro-life crowd. She is not absolving the pregnant woman of responsibility for her actions.

      • whatthe46 November 21st, 2016 at 23:16

        she can’t absolve anything and William did NOT imply that she meant that it was ok. and if you call yourself a “christian” and that’s why you’re against abortion, then take it up with your god. remember he had men, women, children and the unborn murdered.

        • Dwendt44 November 22nd, 2016 at 01:15

          By the millions.

          • whatthe46 November 22nd, 2016 at 01:43

            they hate it when you toss that back at ’em. hypocrites.

      • William November 22nd, 2016 at 08:38

        “I don’t think that Sister Joan meant what you think she meant”
        1. I think she meant exactly what she said.
        2. You have no idea what I think or my position on abortion.
        3. You of course are free to interpret her words any way you want.

        • Robert M. Snyder November 22nd, 2016 at 09:01

          Well, she certainly didn’t say that she supports a right to an abortion. And if you think there is something inherently wrong with being “pro-control”, then please be consistent by denouncing “gun control”.

          • William November 22nd, 2016 at 09:34

            You should probably stop grouping everyone in whatever compartments you designate. Normally I don’t allow myself to be diverted from the discussion by that tacky old “change the subject” shtick. This time from abortion to gun control. It used to be from gun control to abortion. I’m going to make an exception. I’m a former cop. I have guns. Lots of guns in fact. A small collection if you will. I normally qualified very high, and am proficient in several different weapons. I am for controlling crazy and unqualified people when it comes to guns.

            I hope that helps. Now back to the subject. I am Catholic. I hope that clears up your pre-conceived notions concerning the subject of abortion. My problem with the right is their preoccupation with being pro-life, while at the same time ignoring the fact that Roe Vs Wade was decided by a conservative court, and A republican president pretty much started funding family planning http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=2865

            Yet here we are in an era where the right screams about abortion but in the same breath condemns funding for birth control. As a Catholic I understand that I can’t overturn Roe Vs Wade, but I can support the simplest way to stop unwanted pregnancies. Birth control.
            Further, supporting life doesn’t stop with being ant-abortion. It continues with feeding the poor, supporting school lunch programs and helping our fellow man in general.
            …but then again, if we all follow CHeeto-Hitlers example and don’t pay taxes, the support system to prevent unwanted pregnancies is pretty much unfunded.
            Finally, my neighbor informed me on Saturday that she voted for the Mandarin molester because the internet told her Clinton supports abortions in the ninth month.
            Pregnancies can be prevented, stupidity seems to be a little more difficult.
            I’m guessing that this is the part where you change the subject to climate control.

            • Robert M. Snyder November 22nd, 2016 at 10:59

              It sounds as though you don’t exactly fit the profile of a typical liberal. I do not fit the profile of a typical conservative. I haven’t been part of a religious community for 30 years. I’ve never owned a gun.

              You mentioned “the right” in your response. In reality, the left and the right are not very well defined. For example, the Liberaland website does not contain a definition of “liberal”. Alan seems to be assuming that everyone knows what the word “liberal” means. But it means different things to different people.

              A close friend of mine, a retired school teacher, recently told me that she is “as liberal as you can be”. But she read Ayn Rand and questions whether there should be ANY minimum wage. The word “liberal” clearly means something different to her than it means to Bernie Sanders.

              When we are interacting online, I think we have a tendency to speak to the label rather than the person. I am guilty of this. I tend to assume that most of the regulars on Liberaland share the same values as the self-described liberals I see on MSNBC. But as you have pointed out, that is not a valid assumption. A label can never begin to describe the complex set of values and beliefs that each of us holds. So you were right to call me on it, and I apologize.

              Regarding the subject of abortion, my concern about abortion is only proportional to the age of the fetus. I am not in favor of any restrictions to birth control, morning-after pills, and early-term abortions. But I have very strong concerns about late-term abortions. I know that they are rare, but then so too is infanticide.

              When I was in college, I had zero concerns about any abortions. But after witnessing the birth of my two children and raising them through childhood and into adulthood, my gut instinct is telling me that healthy, near-term fetuses are more than just tissue. I don’t see a big difference between late-term abortion and infanticide.

              If a woman who is 8 months pregnant with a healthy fetus schedules an abortion for Monday morning, but then suddenly goes into labor and delivers a healthy baby on Sunday night, most people would say that it is morally wrong for her to kill the baby. But if the baby had remained inside the womb until the next morning, some people would say that it is perfectly moral to abort that baby. I find this hard to accept.

              In a healthy society, people are taught to cherish and protect the weakest members. Most people would react in horror to a report of someone killing a healthy newborn baby. And many people find it difficult to “switch off” their concern for a fully-developed fetus just because it has not yet emerged from the birth canal.

              We know from Biology that a person doesn’t become a person all at once. It takes 9 months. I find it ludicrous to talk about a fertilized egg having rights. I also find it ludicrous to talk about a full-term fetus having no rights. According to surveys that I’ve seen, it appears that most Americans feel the same way. Most people do not support restrictions on birth control or early-term abortion, but most people express serious concern about late-term abortions that are not medically necessary.

              I’ve looked at the laws in a number of European countries, and in many cases their abortion laws are significantly more restrictive than US laws. European countries tend to be more secular than the US. So it is hard to argue that these concerns are solely due to religious concerns of people on the right.

              In my opinion, the folks who want a complete ban on abortion are just as unrealistic as the folks who want completely unrestricted abortion. I doubt whether either scenario could happen in the US, because public opinion does not support either one of these extreme positions. The majority of people want unrestricted access to birth control and early-term abortion, but are not comfortable with unrestricted access to late-term abortion that is not medically necessary.

              I don’t know whether that view makes someone a liberal or a conservative. I suspect it makes them a pragmatist.

  4. Ned Nutley November 21st, 2016 at 15:46

    Women will have abortions whether the control-freak republicans like it or not.

    • Dwendt44 November 21st, 2016 at 19:14

      The rich and the well off certainly will. The poor and lower income women are in DIY territory, if they manage to make it illegal.

  5. Dwendt44 November 21st, 2016 at 19:17

    Abortion isn’t mentioned in the bible so how is it a sin?

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