martedì 22 novembre 2016

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What Pope Francis Said About Abortion

America magazine
(Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.) Editors Note: On Sept. 1, Pope Francis extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion as a part of The Year of Mercy, which begins on Dec. 8. The announcement was widely reported in the secular press as a major change in church practice. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., head of Canada's Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and English language media attaché to the Holy See Press Office, explains what is new—and what's not—in Francis' words.
1) Is Pope Francis the first to speak about abortion, forgiveness and mercy?
Pope John Paul II expressed the desire of the church to be a vehicle for concern and reconciliation to anyone hurting from an abortion decision. In his encyclical, The Gospel of Life, he reminds women who have had an abortion of God's love and forgiveness. "If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation." (...)