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In his Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera“, marking the end of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis permanently granted the power to forgive abortions to all Priests. Previously and traditionally, only the Pope himself could forgive the sin of procuring an abortion.

Francis, as part of the Year of Mercy, had temporarily granted the faculty to all priests but has decided to make the change permanent.

In his letter, he wrote “Given this need, lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and God’s forgiveness, 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 provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the Extraordinary Holy Year, is hereby extended, notwithstanding anything to the contrary.”

The Pontiff was careful to leave no ambiguity that the sin of abortion remained a very grave matter and that no change in its gravity was being signaled.

“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.” the letter read.

Pope Francis also extended the decree that made Confession and Absolution granted by SSPX priests validly and licit “until further provisions are made.”

Read the Full Letter Here

 

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Che Iddio ti protegga e ti dia lunga vita. Il mondo ha tanto bisogno del bene e della tutela di chi sta dalla parte del bene il che non è altro che vivere il Vangelo di Cristo.

    • Usually a priest cannot absolve the sin of intentional abortion. If a person confess to a priest the priest must always request the local ordinary (the bishop of the diocese) or to the Holy see for absolution. During the past year of mercy the Pope granted all the priests this power. Now he has extended it permanently.

  2. “12. Given this need, lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and God’s forgiveness, 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 provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the Extraordinary Holy Year,[14] 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.”
    — Pope Francis

  3. Thou shall not commit murder, God Himself said so. Pope has no power or priest has no power to forgive a murderer. The priest too will be committing a crime if someone confence he or she killed, and you don’t report him to the authority, a life will be already lost, some sins are left to only The most high God to deal with them

    • did we miss Sunday school when they read in the Gospel that CHRIST gave the apostles (hence the Pope and priests) the power to absolve sin when He said whose sins you forgive they are forgiven and those you bound shall stay bound. Thus the glory of the Sacrament of Reconciliation!!

  4. There is no man on earth that has power to forgive sin. only Christ. don’t be deceived, ” if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive our trespass and to cleans us from all sin” u can only confess to God for forgiveness not priest or father or even the pope.

    • Christ himself instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation when he instructed his disciples, ‘Whose sins you shall forgive are forgiven; whose you shall retain, are retained’. However this does preclude a penitent praying directly to God for forgiveness and we know that God is all forgiving.

  5. if a sin of killing an innocent life can be forgvn in this world, its seems like we human can go to any extent of committing any sin…how far does this hold good for our catholic faith??? the mother church needs to address this debatable issue to everyone of her faithful in clear terms….due to the undue and needless exploitation of by the catholic priests,common believers hav lost their trust in their church leaders with the passage of time…priests hav been found wanting of concrete intuition and divine knowledge to guide the flock..all of this has to be looked into very dilligently and meticulously..

  6. If a person is truly penitent for the gravest sin and confesses, it is forgiven. Christ sacrificed Himself for ALL sin and there is no limit to God’s great mercy. While on the cross, Jesus extended His mercy to the thief that asked Him for it. Who knows what sins that thief committed when he perpetrated his crimes. Maybe he killed someone during the act. We don’t know,but Christ knew. All I know is he knew that Jesus was the Savior of the world and asked Him for His mercy and forgiveness which Jesus gave him. Don’t forget that the Apostle St. Paul was complicit to the murder of St. Stephen,the Church’s first martyr. Also that King David was responsible for the death of Bathsheba’s husband Uriah so he could hide his adultery with her. These men were truly sorry for their sins,confessed them, and God forgave them. These are just a couple examples of God’s mercy. I think that is appropriate that priests have this authority,regardless if he is a good priest or not. He is in the place of Christ in the confessional and if a person truly repents, Christ is there extending forgiveness. With that being said, the person will have to be purged of this after this life in purgatory. Thank you Pope Francis for giving us a better understanding for God’s great mercy.

    • You have a beautiful heart. We know Jesus will forgive us our sins if we have a repentant heart. Only Christ knows the decision that was taken by the women who decide to have an abortion. It is not up to us to judge but for Jesus to forgive. Amen

  7. Comment:My dear brothers, Jesus breathed on them (the disciples ) and said “receive the Holy Spirit, if you forgive people’s sin, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven”.John 20:22-23. so priests and popes can forgive whatever sin, if the sinner is sincerely sorry for what he /she did.

  8. Hey,none of you can change what God has said,he has given powers to his priest to forgive sins,is left for you and I to avail ourselves in confession with a sincere heart to receive forgiveness from the priest,those priest represent God during confession, so believe it or not,that is how it work,you must go to confession for your sins to be forgiven,the fact that you don’t have the knowledge about it does not mean that its not true,and I tell any one doubting that he has missed a lot of God’s mercies,but is still not late to believe and know more about this great sacrament of forgiveness, cos for me am enjoying it real good.

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