Pope Francis will allow priests to forgive the sin of abortion during the upcoming Holy Year, from December 8 to November 26. Normally, abortion incurs automatic excommunication. Bishops must give special permission before a priest can absolve a penitents of that particular sin.
That abortion cannot be forgiven, apart from an elaborate bureaucratic process, is another example of the Gospel-denying effects of the Roman Catholic penitential system. Christ died for all sins, including abortion, and He bore every woman’s abortion in His body on the Cross. So every woman who has committed this sin can know that she has forgiveness in Him. Now for one year, such women can find forgiveness in the Roman Catholic Church.
But this action by Pope Francis is being interpreted as another example of the pontiff’s “tolerance” and will be taken as a weakening of the church’s position on abortion. [Read more...]