All Catholic priests can now forgive abortion, Pope declares

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Pope Francis on Monday allowed all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a power previously reserved for bishops or special confessor.

Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an “apostolic letter” after Sunday’s close of the Catholic Church’s “Holy Year of Mercy.”

He said he wanted to “restate as firmly as he can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.”

(Reuters/NAN)


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  • sirOscie

    All hail the POPE FRANCIS

  • Malik Isah

    ‘thou shall not kill’, so says the Holy Book

  • Charles

    yes all priest can now open the gate of heaven and admit sinners, ridiculous isn’t it? shut up only Christ has the power to forgive sin.

    • Bambi

      Christ told Peter what ever sin you forgive on earth I forgiven in heaven. So how do we explain that?

      • Charles

        Not only Peter, anybody can pray and his/her sin will be forgiven I don’t need the pope or the priest to pray for me, we should not allow men like us deprive us our privilege in our Lord Jesus Christ. My question is why were the priest not aware of this heavenly injunction do they have to wait for the pope to permit them before excising it don’t they read the Bible, is the pope now playing God, why must he stand in the way of God and his People. On the judgement day it will be between you and God, not between you, the pope and God, because the pope will be busy giving account of his own deed. wise up.