of abortion, extending indefinitely special permission he had granted
for the duration of the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy.
“there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled” with God.
“I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.”
sin, it had long put the matter of granting forgiveness for it in the
hands of a bishop, who could either hear the woman’s confession himself
or delegate that to a priest who was expert in such situations.