Pope Francis Finds Forgiveness for Women Who Have Had Abortions …So Did John Paul II in 1995
The liberal media is reporting today on Pope Francis’s call for priests to pardon women who have had an abortion and the doctors who have performed them.
This is all part of the liberal media’s agenda to promote the leftist Pope Francis before his trip to the United States.
But if you review Catholic Church history you will find that Francis is not the first pope to pardon the sin of abortion. According to AFP, Catholice bishops are already able to authorise priests in their dioceses to forgive those who undergo or carry out abortions.
Pope John Paul II spoke about forgiveness for women who have had abortions back in March 1995.
Pope John Paul II Speaks to Women
who have had Abortions
I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. 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. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.