The Year of Mercy ~ Forgiveness for the Sin of Abortion
Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00


SUBJECT         The Year of Mercy ~ Forgiveness for the Sin of Abortion
MORE INFO     Office of Worship   330.744.8451 x304

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, granted to all priests worldwide the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion during the church's upcoming Year of Mercy, which starts December 8, 2015. The Holy Father writes, "The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Penance with a sincere heart."

For many years in the United States, diocesan bishops have granted their priests the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion. This has been and remains the case in the Diocese of Youngstown. All priests in good standing of the Diocese of Youngstown are delegated the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion to those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek sincere forgiveness.

Rev. Michael D. Balash
Director, Office of Worship

 

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