‘Pope Francis’ Grants Priests Power to Pardon Mothers Who Have Obtained Abortions

PopeROME — Roman Catholic leader Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, has granted priests the unending power to pardon mothers who have obtained abortions, outlining his endowment in a letter issued at the end of his proclaimed “Jubilee Year of Mercy.” The development has raised concern among some.

“I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion,” Bergoglio wrote, extending the permission past the temporary Year of Mercy to an indefinite status.

He maintained that abortion is still considered a serious sin by the Roman Catholic Church, but said that he wanted to leave the permission for pardons in place “lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and God’s forgiveness.”

“I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life,” Bergoglio continued. “In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation.”

According to the Catholic News Service, most bishops had already granted priests permission to forgive those who have obtained an abortion, but Bergoglio’s declaration for the Year of Mercy made it universal.

“According to canon law, procuring an abortion brings automatic excommunication to those who know of the penalty, but procure the abortion anyway,” it explains. “Without formal permission, priests had been required to refer the case to their bishops before the excommunication could be lifted and sacramental absolution could be granted to a woman who had an abortion or those directly involved in the procedure.”

Bergoglio also extended recognition to those who had received absolution of sins by priests under the Fraternity of Saint Pius X.

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“For the Jubilee Year I had also granted that those faithful who, for various reasons, attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, can validly and licitly receive the sacramental absolution of their sins,” he wrote.

“For the pastoral benefit of these faithful, and trusting in the good will of their priests to strive with God’s help for the recovery of full communion in the Catholic Church, I have personally decided to extend this faculty beyond the Jubilee Year, until further provisions are made, lest anyone ever be deprived of the sacramental sign of reconciliation through the Church’s pardon,” Bergoglio stated.

The Catholic Encyclopedia notes that Roman Catholics believe that “[t]o Peter and to all the apostles is given the power to bind and to loose, and this again implies supreme power both legislative and judicial: power to forgive sins, power to free from sin’s penalties.” Therefore, “[a]bsolution proper is that act of the priest whereby, in the Sacrament of Penance, he frees man from sin.”


However, some believe that the concept of a priest granting absolution of sins—abortion or otherwise—is unbiblical and unnecessary.

“The Lord Jesus put an end to the sacerdotal priesthood when He, the perfect high priest, offered Himself, the perfect sacrifice and cried out in victory, ‘It is finished!’ The veil was torn open to the holy of holies showing we have direct access to God through faith in Jesus Christ,” Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries of Plano, Texas told Christian News Network.

“No priest can forgive sins because the Bible declares only God can forgive sins (Mark 2:7),” he said. “Even Peter instructed Simon the magician to go directly to God to have his sin forgiven (Acts 8:22-23).”

He opined that Catholics need to know that they can go to God for forgiveness themselves through the sacrifice of Christ, and expressed concern that Bergoglio is “deceiv[ing] people about life’s most critical issue: how can I be forgiven and be made right with God?”

“This declaration by pope continues to give Catholics a false hope,” Gendron stated. “Catholics need to know that divine forgiveness can only be received by repenting and believing the Gospel of grace (Luke 24:47; 1 John 1:9). Forgiveness cannot be obtained through sacraments and indulgences, only through faith in Christ alone.”

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  • Amos Moses

    No authority to forgive that … nor delegate that authority to forgive that ….. that belongs solely and only to Christ ….. and He does forgive that to those who repent of it ………. spot on Mike Gendron ……

    • Robert

      any christian including you and the writer of this article Jesus gives the power to forgive Sins
      .John 20:23. is but one passage..that is often quoted.. their are more that are not in the singular. . the treaty on the power and primacy of the pope in the book of concord which is on line explains it all with many passages ..

      • TheBottomline4This

        As to John 20:23
        “One particular branch of the power given them by their commission particularized (John 20:23): “Whosesoever sins you remit, in the due execution of the powers you are entrusted with, they are remitted to them, and they may take the comfort of it; and whosesoever sins you retain, that is, pronounce unpardoned and the guilt of them bound on, they are retained, and the sinner may be sure of it, to his sorrow.” Now this follows upon their receiving the Holy Ghost; for, if they had not had an extraordinary spirit of discerning, they had not been fit to be entrusted with such an authority; for, in the strictest sense, this is a special commission to the apostles themselves and the first preachers of the gospel, who could distinguish who were in the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity, and who were not. By virtue of this power, Peter struck Ananias and Sapphira dead, and Paul struck Elymas blind. Yet it must be understood as a general charter to the church and her ministers, not securing an infallibility of judgment to any man or company of men in the world, but encouraging the faithful stewards of the mysteries of God to stand to the gospel they were sent to preach, for that God himself will stand to it. The apostles, in preaching remission, must begin at Jerusalem, though she had lately brought upon herself the guilt of Christ’s blood: “Yet you may declare their sins remitted upon gospel terms.” And Peter did so, Acts 2:38; 3:19. Christ, being risen for our justification, sends his gospel heralds to proclaim the jubilee begun, the act of indemnity now passed; and by this rule men shall be judged, John 12:48; Rom. 2:16; Jas. 2:12. God will never alter this rule of judgment, nor vary from it; those whom the gospel acquits shall be acquitted, and those whom the gospel condemns shall be condemned, which puts immense honour upon the ministry, and should put immense courage into ministers. Two ways the apostles and ministers of Christ remit and retain sin, and both as having authority:—[1.] By sound doctrine. They are commissioned to tell the world that salvation is to be had upon gospel terms, and no other, and they shall find God will say Amen to it; so shall their doom be. [2.] By a strict discipline, applying the general rule of the gospel to particular persons. “Whom you admit into communion with you, according to the rules of the gospel, God will admit into communion with himself; and whom you cast out of communion as impenitent, and obstinate in scandalous and infectious sins, shall be bound over to the righteous judgment of God.” ” Matthew Henry Commentary

        • Reason2012

          Matthew went on to talk about how the gospel saves people or not. He doesn’t say men have the power to forgive sins after the apostles.

          Jesus and the apostles had power to do miracles and even raise people from the dead – this is how we know only THEY had power to forgive sins.

          Matthew 9:5-8 “For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.”

          These powers were not handed down from generations to generation – proof of it is no one can perform such miracles.

      • Amos Moses

        we have no authority to forgive sin ….. we have authority to forgive acts against us but we have NO authority to forgive acts against God ………… only He does …………

    • Moise / Moses

      _”Amos Moses”, -Have you spoken correctly,
      that none of those who call themselves priests, pastors and teachers in
      various theologians and religion do not know where the tomb of Jesus,
      “The book is still sealed” (see) Daniel 12/4.9 “until today” Romania
      11/8, “to me” Romania 5/14; Rev. 5/3-5.9; Isaiah 6/[8-12],13; 9/1,2,[6];
      1 Tim.2/5,6; Luke 18/8,

      “Let them: they are blind
      guides; and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the pit.”
      “[as written] Matthew 15/14 and Luke 6/39. and their deeds Matthew 7/15;
      2 Timothy 3 / 1-6 [7], 8.9; 4 / 3.4; Romania 16/18; 2 Peter 2 / 1-3; 1
      Timothy 4/7; 6 / 4.5; Matthew 23/1.2.[3-10].13-15,24-28.

      Best regards. -Messiah / Moses / Moise Gheorghe – My New Name
      (corroborated) Romania 5/14; 10/14- How? Isaiah 65/1.(see) Rev.2/17;
      3/12; Acts 4/12; 26/23; Luke 16/29.31; Isaiah 52/6 -I am here!
      (corroborated) John 1/1.14; 3/16,[19]; 4/25.[26] ; 5/39; 9/39;
      10/8.11,2012 -2016; Exit / reference / Exodus 4/1,[10],11,2012-2016;
      Romania 10/[16],17-20; Matthew 12/18; 5/17; John 10/20; Luke
      24/25-27.45. -Understand ?

  • Robert

    Jesus has given the right to forgive sins. to every christian .the pope makes a false claim when he thinks only he can forgive the penitent.all the bible passages on this are in the book of concord which is online. under topic primacy of pope.

  • TheBottomline4This

    The pope has NO power. I thank God I got out of the catholic church. Being in there for over 25 yrs, I know it is a false religion.

  • Robert

    The article above sounds good only if Jesus died for believers. he did not die and win forgivness just for for them.

    Jesus died and won forgivness for all. it is finished ……. the book of concord gives the scripture passages on how God assures this universal forgiveness to just his believers. in the power and primacy of the pope..And also many other places in B.O.C.

    • TheBottomline4This

      Are you a Catholic?

  • robertzaccour

    It seems as if Catholics think of the Pope as their direct channel to God.
    “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
    So no Pope. We can bring our concerns directly to God ourselves. And Jesus said only God can forgive sins. And God has forgiven us of our sins, so we don’t need you involved Pope.

    • Palsgraf’s Scale

      That is exactly what the Catholics believe. They believe the Pope is the mouthpiece of god and that his decrees are just him relaying god’s will.

      Man, the crazy things people are willing to believe!

      • Dmurf

        That is not what Catholics believe. Your comment couldn’t be farther from the truth.

        • Palsgraf’s Scale

          Its not like it much matters. None of it is grounded in any kind of logic. Catholics could worship magic lizards and still make about as much sense.

          • Dmurf

            Truth always matters and things start to make more sense when you don’t lie about them.

  • Gena B

    Well if it makes people feel better and understand that God does forgive, then fine. I would pray that those under the Catholic rule, would understand that the Pope is just a man who is a sinner like all of us and know one has any authority to forgive sins but God.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The sins of having had abortions are pardonable if the offender is truly repentant and trusts in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation; everyone should be educated on the sanctity of life and that abortion is murder in God’s sight. ( 1 John ch.1-5, Psalms 139, Exodus ch. 20)

  • Rick

    Another misapplication of scripture by the Pope. There is a long history of this within the Catholic church.

  • Reason2012

    Jesus and the apostles had power to do miracles and even raise people from the dead – this is how we know only THEY had power to forgive sins.

    Matthew 9:5-8 “For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.”

    These powers were not handed down from generations to generation – proof of it is no one can perform such miracles.

    • Oboehner

      No one we know of has the FAITH to perform all these miracles, if they did they could.

      • Reason2012

        The Apostles were the only ones – and they were the only ones, getting Christianity started, that could forgive sins by their own volition, not by people coming up to them and asking them to forgive them.

        • Oboehner

          Not really a miracle though… just saying.

  • peanut butter

    He’s sealing his fate, and the fates of his followers. If this doesn’t prove he’s the false prophet, I don’t know what does. Dragging others down to hell with him. But… there’s always true repentance. Only that will bring true forgiveness.

  • Moise / Moses

    … _ “The book is sealed” Daniel 12 / 4.9, “until today” Romania 11/8 meaning “to Me” Acts 3/22; John 4/25; Romania 5/14; Galatians 4/4; Hebrew 1/2; Acts 26/23;

    “Get lost, because I do not know the Scriptures nor the mystery of God Rev,10/7; 1/1” and as get lost, and all those who call themselves “pastors, priests and teachers in various theologians and religion” (see how it is written in the prophets / corroborated) Matthew 22/29; 23/1,2,[3-10]13-15.24-28; 2 Peter 2/1-3; 2 Timoty 3/1-6,7],8,9; 4/3,4; Romania 16/18; Luca 24/25-[27,45] Isaiah 55 / [1], 6-8, [9], 11; Jeremiah 33/3.

    = Best regards. -Mesia / Moses / Moise Gheorghe – my new name (read) Romania 10/14 -How? Isaiah 65/1; Revelation 2/17; 3/12; Acts 4/12; Isaiah 52 / 6- Here I am !; 1 Timoty 2/5,[6]; Matthew 5/17. … & … John 1 / 1,11,14, 10 / 8,11, 2012-2016; Exit / reference / Exodus 4/1, [10], 11, 2012-2016; Isaiah 55 / [1], 6-8, [9], 11; Jeremiah 33/3; Luke 18/8. … _ 1 Corinthians 14/21; John 1/1.11; 3/16,[19]; 4/25,[26]; 5/39; 7/37; 9/39; 10/8,11, 2012-2016. Understand ?,

  • Oh go phuyk your deacons in the asz Francis.