INTERNATIONAL: Pope extends power to forgive abortion to all Roman Catholic priests

Pope Francis walks after closing the Holy Door to mark the closing of the Catholic Jubilee Year of Mercy at the in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 20, 2016.    REUTERS/Tiziana Fabi/Pool

Pope Francis walks after closing the Holy Door to mark the closing of the Catholic Jubilee Year of Mercy at the in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Tiziana Fabi/Pool

REUTERS – Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors.

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

He said he wanted to “restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life” but “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with (God)”.

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  1. The Catholic institution, along with many others like it are in a state of decrepitude. This is nothing more than another attempt to remain relevant, in a world that is quickly discarding old outfits of superstition and dogma, for new ones of truth, openness and enlightenment. The pope has never had the power to forgive or bless anything or to make holy that which in their eyes are unholy. It has always been an elaborate hoax to control the masses ( thats us ). It is Awfully rich that an institution who denied sexual abuse and rape of children for generations can claim to have the power granted by god to forgive abortions. Women all over the world are taking their reproductive health into their own hands, and rightfully so. We are emerging out of an age of darkness and we no longer need the moral opinions of old white men, and there is no better proof of that than the lack of long lines of women seeking forgiveness from the church.

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  2. The sin that scares me the most, always the one you don't want to talk about;
    is it the one that's so guilt ridden and don't want to think about it anymore?
    Sin is what it is - Sin. if it bothers you so much, then why do it? that's the
    question I would like to ask Adam and Eve. whiles it might have been good
    to them at the time, but look at the mess it got us in, ever since. The good
    WORD says, the Sins of parents will be visited upon the children, from the
    first right through the forth Generation, (the generational sins).
    So, by chance i met with an old friend of mine I asked to explain this one
    and he said, worse thing anyone could do is to live with unconfessed sin
    in their life. Watch the children whose parents with addictions or afflictions
    one wonders, what happened? why this one? So my old friend opened my
    eyes, and there it was all along; then he said. All have sinned and while
    we are still alive may continue to stumble; but pick yourself up and find a
    quiet place, and asked your Heavenly Father to forgive you this and that
    sin through the precious blood of Jesus, whose Blood alone cleanses all
    sin, I mean, all sin; ask for forgiveness and it is done, then if that or this
    person can be reached, be a man, and tell that one, you're sorry and make
    up and be friends again. If it is a deadly sin, ASK the Father to forgive you
    HE is always there waiting for you to come home. Don't depart from this
    life before you confess and ask for forgiveness. DO IT NOW don't delay.

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  3. Peodophile preist ,what about them ?

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  4. "Bondoooos!!!!"

    Misié sé Bondié ?

    People, turn to God through Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and leave man our of it.

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  5. Who can forgive sins but God? It is quite disheartening that such a vast majority of God's children continue to be kept in spiritual darkness by this false system of worship. We are living in perilous times and God in all His mercy is calling His people out of darkness, into His marvelous light. Do not permit yourselves to be continuously deceived by Babylon. Read the word of God for your own edification and enlightenment as much truth is contained therein and please do not substitute God's precepts for the traditions or beliefs of mere mortals. Visit the online library at aftv.org, an invaluable resource for biblical truth. May God help us all.

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  6. LET ME IN MY HUMBLE WAY TRY TO EXPRESS WHAT I HAVE READ IN THE WORD OF GOD.

    SURELY SOME OF YOU MIGHT HAVE READ IN "MATTHEW 16:19; WHAT IS BOUND ON EARTH
    WILL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN, AND WHATEVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH WILL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN."

    SURELY THAT PARTICULAR SIN IS GREAT - BUT SIN IS SIN - DON'T TRY TO TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT.
    NO MATTER HOW GREAT OR NOT GREAT, SEEK THE FORGIVENESS OF THE ALMIGHTY, AND THERE IS
    NO OTHER WAY - BUT ONLY ONE WAY TO REACH THE ALMIGHTY, AND IT IS THROUGH HIS DEAR SON
    THE REDEEMER, "LORD JESUS". SO WHEN WE, INCLUDING MYSELF, SEEK FORGIVENESS, I GO THROUGH THE SAME PROCESS. SO THE POPE HAS SHOCKED YOU? THAT'S BECAUSE A LOT OF
    US DON'T TAKE THE TIME TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE LORD, AND WHEN TROUBLE COMES
    WE PANIC; HERE'S SOME NEWS (NOT REALLY NEWS) TROUBLE WILL COME, IRRESPECTIVE.
    FOR THOSE WITH WISDOM, READ. "MATTHEW 16:19. WHATEVER YOU BIND ON EARTH IS BOUND IN HEAVEN, AND WHAT EVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH IS LOOSED IN HEAVEN. BE VERY CAREFUL AND
    DON'T PLAY AROUND WITH THE ACTUAL WORDS OF THE ALMIGHTY: SIN CANNOT REIGN IN HEAVEN.
    BE CLEANSED BY THE SHEDDING OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS. CONFESS ALL SINS AND REPENT.

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  7. Why through prayer I can't just go straight to the source that is through Jesus Christ to intercede on my behalf?

    There might be significant delays I think with all these middlemen.

    SMH.

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  8. lol listen to these fools. how can you extend powers to forgive abortions. are you GOD? no i dont think so the only person that can forgive you from your sins is GOD. so in other words the people that have sinned need to go to god for forgiveness and not to you and the other priests. you self as a man have more sin you think you have power to forgive people of sins, smh. god himself in his word said to dont confess your sins to no man

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