The Authority to FORGIVE SINS???!!!

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The Authority to FORGIVE SINS???!!!

Postby Philip » Wed May 06, 2015 8:59 am

It just goes on and on! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3070327/The-Pope-orders-Catholic-priests-bestow-pardon-women-abortion-doctors-performed-them.html

Article outtake: But the move is not likely to be approved universally. Italian cardinal Velasio De Paolis said it could cause ‘confusion’ among the faithful. He said: ‘Regardless of this decision by the pope, the church will continue to consider abortion a sin.

‘I hope it does not cause confusion.’


You think?!!! Any illusions that forgiveness for such (and ANY) sins must be sought from and granted by (ONLY) God?

[url]Outtake: He told La Nazione: ‘He is the pope of mercy and wants to show the benevolence of the church towards sinners. This does not cancel the sin of abortion.’[/url]

But how will such a declaration by the church play in people's minds?

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Re: The Authority to FORGIVE SINS???!!!

Postby PaulSacramento » Wed May 06, 2015 11:02 am

Context Phil,
Francis is telling the priests to bestow absolution under the RCC because under the RCC rules, abortion is punishable by excommunication.

In the Catholic Church, abortion is considered one of the gravest sins and results in automatic excommunication. It can only be forgiven in certain special circumstances, by high-ranking clergy or by making a pilgrimage to Rome during a Holy Year.

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Of course this is just another step to make the RCC a more "friendly and forgiving" place for those that are sinners.
We shall see how this works out for them.

The theme of the Holy Year, which begins on December 8th, has been widely interpreted as a signal by Francis that the church should be less judgmental.
In a document known as a ‘bull of indiction’ explaining how he wants Catholic to celebrate the Jubilee year, the pope said that ‘the church must be ‘an oasis of mercy’.
It went on: ‘The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.


No to mention that I am sure this part also had something to do with it:

The United Nations has previously condemned the Vatican for excommunicating the mother and doctor of a nine-year-old girl who had an abortion in Brazil in 2009 after she was raped by her stepfather and became pregnant with twins.

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Re: The Authority to FORGIVE SINS???!!!

Postby PaulSacramento » Wed May 06, 2015 11:03 am

But how will such a declaration by the church play in people's minds?


Depends on the person of course.
Old school RC will not like it at all but the more liberal will see it as the Church trying to be more compassionate and merciful and to not "shun" people.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.


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