September 01, 2015

Pope Francis lets priests grant absolution for abortion during Holy Year

Rebel Staff

The Vatican said that Pope Francis will allow priests the discretion to absolve women who have received abortions - an act still considered a grave sin by the Catholic Church - if they express regret and seek forgiveness from the Church.

The shift in policy is not going to be permanent, however. It will only apply for the Holy Year that runs from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016.

“The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father,” the pontiff said in a letter published on the Vatican’s website Tuesday.

“For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it,” the pontiff’s statement continued.

Prior to this announcement, women who had had an abortion were automatically excommunicated by the Catholic Church and required the permission of a bishop in order to lift the ban.

Clarifying the change, which initially appeared to signal an overruling of traditional Catholic thinking, the Vatican released a statement Tuesday.

“Forgiveness of the sin of abortion does not condone nor minimize its grave effects,” it said.

“The newness is clearly Pope Francis’ pastoral approach. Many bishops have granted priests permission to forgive the sin. The fact that this statement is coming from the Pope and in such a moving, pastoral way, is more evidence of the great pastoral approach and concern of Pope Francis.

“That people come to confession today to confess abortion and other grave sins is cause for us in the Church to thank God and to put into practice the mission of the good and merciful shepherd who came to seek out those who were lost.”

Often viewed as progressive on a number of controversial issues, Pope Francis acknowledged the struggle that women receiving an abortion often endure.

“I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision [to have an abortion],” said Pope Francis. “I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision.”

However, the Pope has previously denounced abortion, placing it alongside other facets of a throw-away culture.

According to the BBC, he said in 2014: “It’s horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day […] Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary.”

Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires (Argentina), is the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, having succeeded Pope Benedict XVI following his resignation in February 2013.

The independent and not-for-profit Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI/ICIS) reports that a total of 82,869 induced abortions, defined as the medical termination of pregnancy, were recorded by hospitals and clinics across Canada in 2013.


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commented 2015-11-02 08:56:15 -0500
For two thousand years ALL sins are forgiveable on the basis of the Holy Gospel. They required no intervention of the Pope. They were AND STILL ARE forgiven by Jesus Christ Himself utilizing the means given, of the Holy Sacrament of Confession. This intervention of Antipope Bergoglio has been made for the audience of non-Catholics, whose applause he is continually seeking. Only a modernist like him would arrogate to himself something that is the province of the Holy Trinity alone. He has changed nothing. These sins always were forgiveable in the Holy Sacrament of Confession. All he’s doing is taking the credit to himself that belongs to Jesus Christ. At least two cardinals have confessed this man was involved in an uncanonical conclave election, breaking the canons (UDG 81) against all factions, a faction in this case which forced the resignation of Pope Benedict and schemed to replace him by Bergoglio. He is also an Antipope by reason of his promoting Liberation Theology, which is a heresy. All popes who promote heresy are rendered ipso facto and de jure an antipope. It is thus the duty of bishops everywhere to demand his resignation.
commented 2015-09-02 19:18:13 -0400
The bottom line is that The Pope is trying to bring people together and break down barriers – regardless if you believe in God or not.

Is that really so wrong?
commented 2015-09-02 17:00:58 -0400
Yep, I agree with the article. That’s the nice thing about being a thinking adult – you can agree with the truth wherever you hear it.
“how much that ties into what is actually going on in the world today and specifically this month of September 2015…”
Well, that’s the nice thing about bullshit prophecies, isn’t it. They come with an expiry date. Funny how their proponents never seem much put out by their failure. I suspect it’s because they don’t actually believe; they just enjoy the suspense. But I’ll check in on you on Oct. 1st, to make sure you’re doing ok.
“So are you saying you don’t discount out of hand conservative, Christian and Libertarian sites and organizations – just WND and Joseph Farah…for those reasons you listed?”
WND is a complete write off from my perspective, for those reasons and several others. But there aren’t many other media outlets I discount out of hand – I’m just cautious with them.
commented 2015-09-02 16:29:33 -0400
I hate to do this to you Terry, but the following link to a conservative, Christian, pro-life group, says pretty much what you just did…:
And that is, rather was the charm of the Catholic church for a Protestant raised man like me. Not selling out to modern, passing cultural mores, in order to fill the pews.
But that’s not all ’that’s happening here’ though…
There is an awful lot of evidence of this pope acting out of sorts, for a pope. All those prophecies and how much that ties into what is actually going on in the world today and specifically this month of September 2015, and how the Media Party is spinning what the pope is actually saying. Humanity may well be ‘always in uniquely and darkly troubling times’, but these uniquely and darkly troubling times are scaring the hell outta me!
So are you saying you don’t discount out of hand conservative, Christian and Libertarian sites and organizations – just WND and Joseph Farah…for those reasons you listed? I hope you’re not getting your information from the Southern Poverty Law Center…now there’s a flock of whacko-birds and immoral criminal swine spreading evil, if there ever was…
commented 2015-09-02 14:31:32 -0400
The Church changes by very, very slow increments. Old timers are still muttering about Vatican II and the Latin Mass; you’ll note that no Pope has tried THAT kind of abrupt transformative change since. And that’s appropriate. It’s not like a Rotary Club branch changing its bylaws to adopt more contemporary language; the Church sees itself as the custodian and interpreter of God’s eternal and invariant truth, which certainly limits the degree of change it can permit itself.
This decision by the Pope to simplify the process of absolution for women who have undergone abortions is not significant, and does not diminish what the Church holds to be the gravity of the sin. Rather, it’s a hand extended to truly penitent Catholic women who may have had an abortion and who wish to rejoin the Church. That was always possible, through episcopal intervention; now a priest can grant absolution, for a limited time. That’s all that’s happening here.
commented 2015-09-02 12:52:40 -0400
One view is that the Catholic Church is having a hard time adapting to current trends in personal morality. Personally, I think it is just the same thing as ever and they/ we should not bend a millimeter.

That said, each abortion is just as much a failing in the social safety net and as such absolution to women/ men who endorse abortion should be allowed.
commented 2015-09-02 11:15:07 -0400
Humanity is always in uniquely and darkly troubling times, Dan, and there are always prophets calling for end times. Having lived through many failed prophesies, I find more wisdom in Job than in Revelations. You are, of course, free to accept the veracity of any, or all, prophets as you like. My default setting is skepticism, and I have yet to be wrong (as opposed to WND). As for “demeaning and ridiculing sources that are conservative, Christian and Libertarian”: well, I don’t demean and ridicule sources BECAUSE they’re any of those things per se. I do, however, demean and ridicule WND, because it’s an idiotic and bigoted rag with the journalistic standards of – well, I won’t insult our host.
commented 2015-09-02 10:14:20 -0400
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. "
I take everything with a grain of salt and let nothing stand in the way of possibility.
If you were competent with the Bible – having read the whole thing – and not burdened with the robot-programming and indoctrination of the lefty/progressive/anti Christian agenda, you might see we are in very troubling times…
If you dismiss prophecy out of hand and ignore what is escalating all around you…
If you tar and feather and ignore the messengers and the message – THE GOOD NEWS
If you feel you have to demean and ridicule sources that are conservative, Christian and Libertarian – the antithesis of the lefty/liberal MSM – in order to have confidence in your own beliefs…
Then I guess you’re not going to get THE GOOD NEWS.
Given all the hoaxes or cries of wolf, about ‘the end is near’ scenarios, it’s to be expected that when IT comes we will ignore or be unable to see IT and prepare.
I offer this to you Terry because you are one of God’s children, from Mathew 24:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man."
commented 2015-09-02 08:03:01 -0400
Dan: though a skeptic myself, I try to be respectful of other people’s beliefs. So if you assure me that you take the theological analysis of World Net Daily, with its videos of “horsemen of the apocalypse”, “discovery of Noah’s Ark”, and “Blood Moon Prophecy” stories seriously, I won’t mock it anymore. But I somehow doubt that. Given that you’ve shown the capacity to construct a coherent sentence in English and connect a premise to a conclusion, I have to believe that you’re not actually their target demographic.
commented 2015-09-02 07:00:52 -0400
JIMMY DA SILVA, with your comment that “nobody is perfect”, did you imply that you disagree with the Pope’s stand against abortion? No reason to get testy with the “bullshit” comment; just want clarity.
Speaking of bullshit, someone described the myth of evolution as follows:
“In the Beginning, there was Nothing–and it Exploded
Gradually, over time, the explosion cooled into little bits that just acted the way they acted because they do. These bits combined into more and more complicated stuff. The stuff interacted according to physical laws that just happen to be fine tuned so that the stuff could manifest characteristics called life. At this point, the All Explaining Theory of Everything called Evolution kicked in, leading in short order to bacteria, jellyfish, trilobites, bony fish, amphibians, dinosaurs, mammal, homo erectus, homo sapiens, various stupid civilizations enslaved to the god meme that accidently evolved in our brains, and Me: Homo Rationalisticus, who has kicked down the ladder of prehistory and taken my place as a Truly True free being. Sooner or later, I will build a rocket and colonize the universe. Or, alternatively, I will be destroyed in an Armageddon ignited by human folly and die declaiming about the pointlessness and futility of the whole meaningless whirl of time space matter and energy. But one thing I will never do is consider the possibility that Nothing does not just explode and create everything, because that would bring me perilously close to suggesting the existence of You Know Who.”
Jimmy, you call yourself an atheist (that is, there is no God) but say “and even if there is a God”?
commented 2015-09-02 00:57:37 -0400

Good – thank you for ignoring me from now on. I don’t need to waste any time talking to batshit crazy people like you.
commented 2015-09-02 00:14:20 -0400

Oh and you might want to educate yourself on evolution. It has nothing to do with something coming from nothing. And even if there is a God, I certainly don’t believe in the man made God and absolute bullshit of The Bible. That was just created to keep people in check.
commented 2015-09-02 00:10:45 -0400

Nobody is perfect, but this Pope definitely has done and said a lot to make him a big hit with atheists.
commented 2015-09-02 00:05:01 -0400

No Dan – it has nothing to do with brainwashing or programming.

Canada is in fact a socialist and progressive country – so it is you that is trying to change the country with what you have been spoonfed. I just want to keep Canada great for everyone – like we USED to do.

Now when you talk to Canadian conservatives – it’s like they have only had a diet of Fox News, because they want Canada to more and more like conservative America.
commented 2015-09-01 22:13:10 -0400
JIMMY DA SILVA, despite being an atheist (everything came from nothing), declares excitedly “…but man, I do love Pope Francis.” Jimmy does that include your loving Pope Francis’ declaration above against abortion (According to the BBC, he said in 2014: “It’s horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day […] Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary.”)?
commented 2015-09-01 21:39:14 -0400
Well ‘Jimmy’, I tend to take things I read in the context of what they are saying and how it relates to other research I have perused, not who is saying them – not that I don’t consider the source, always. You commit the same crime of intellect that Terry did, only in a lesser way…you don’t have half the intellect that he abuses and misuses – and therefore lose the argument before you even utter your hateful and delusional screechings.
You fail to understand, that what you think you believe in as a lefty/progressive/whatever, is in reality, robot programming, indoctrination, brainwashing. Your drivel is nothing more than conditioned responses – lefty/progressive/whatever conditioned responses – the same can’t be said of conservative minded people, generally.
And that is why liberals never debate, they only demonize you…attack you, assassinate your character, but never argue what you’re saying, or offer a valid argument in any way. Well, Terry tries but he’s always coming from a mistaken premise, like all leftys.
Liberalism is a mental disorder…
commented 2015-09-01 21:16:58 -0400
Joan—— There is no way that I would be as perverted as Muhammad—— but—-most people when starting up a new religion usually KILL anyone that that opposes them.
Except for Jesus.
He did not need to act like an Animal.
commented 2015-09-01 20:48:46 -0400

You have lost the argument immediately when you quote anything from Glenn Beck. What’s next – Alex Jones?
commented 2015-09-01 20:45:38 -0400
Welcome to New World of Justin ,Wynne and the NDP.
commented 2015-09-01 20:20:09 -0400
Well Joan, to castigate is to reprimand severely, I did no such thing to Terry. I merely pointed out the obvious.
And when pray tell, did I, ‘…assassinate your character in the same way for your views on gender equity.’?
Isn’t ‘Gender Equity’ one of those Agenda 21 weasel words like Sustainability? Here’s a link to about a hundred more Agenda 21 weasel words"
And here’s a list of some other weasel words:
Political Correctness
Social Justice
Affirmative Action
Identity Politics
Human Rights Tribunals
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Homosexual Marriage
Abortion On Demand
Victim hood
Sex Education…
commented 2015-09-01 19:44:08 -0400
I am not Jesus and neither is the fucking Pope. Christians should never surrender . We are learning that from the Jews. Guess , we Christians are going to need a complete Holocaust before the Light will begin to shine thru.
commented 2015-09-01 19:33:26 -0400
Rae Fraser – In other words, you would act like Muhammad, not like Jesus?

Guess there is a good reason you are not pope.
commented 2015-09-01 19:31:25 -0400
Sorry – that last question was not for Dan but for Darren. Darren?
commented 2015-09-01 19:30:33 -0400
Dan – So do you think that in addition to the pusherman, God also damns the merciful?
commented 2015-09-01 19:18:16 -0400
I have done that on Earth . I would really like to explore All the Secrets of the Universe when it comes down to Eternity- because that is how long it would take.
commented 2015-09-01 18:46:09 -0400

Hanging out in a swanky bar with food, drinks and sexy ladies? I suppose there are worse ways to spend eternity.
commented 2015-09-01 18:25:32 -0400
I am not a Catholic or a Muslim . Looks like the pussy POPE is about to Dilute Catholicism down to the level of Islam. Do you really want This for Eternity?
commented 2015-09-01 18:17:06 -0400
I love the blatant arrogance that some dipshits on The Rebel think they are closer to God than The Pope.
commented 2015-09-01 18:11:59 -0400
I for sure would make a better Pope than this pussy. We would be vengeful,wrathful and unforgiving except to Christians and Jews.

We would be Brothers in Faith -to the one True God.