Pope Francis has ordered Roman Catholic priests to bestow a full pardon on women who have committed a mortal sin by having an abortion, and upon any doctor who performed the abortion.
Next year, both women who have had abortions, and doctors that have performed them, will be able to seek absolution, as part of a special Holy Year of Mercy decreed by the pope.
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.
But in a gesture of reconciliation the pope is for the first time to send ordinary priests as ‘missionaries of mercy’ all over the world with special powers to forgive even the most serious sins. One of the organisers of the Jubilee Year Monsignor Rino Fisichella told a press conference that this included also abortion.
He said the pope meant the gesture ‘as a concrete sign that a priest must be a man of mercy and close to all.’ Those priests who apply to be missionaries must be especially skilled and ‘good confessors’, he aid.
The deception that women need to understand who partake in this apostate church, is that NO mortal man, regardless of his self-appointed title, can forgive sins. The only one capable of such a thing, died on the cross at Calvary, and is in heaven, and that is the Risen King and Savior, JESUS CHRIST. JESUS is the only intercessor for sin, and no man enters heaven unless their sins have been pardoned by JESUS. How are they pardoned? By accepting Jesus as your savior and asking him to forgive your sins! It is that SIMPLE. If you believe that the POPE can forgive or that Mary must forgive, you do not serve Jesus Christ, you serve an antichrist.
As Christians, we must stand against abortion, but we have no place to ridicule a woman who has been washed by the blood of Jesus and is a child of God. it is our duty to love, just as Christ loved us. Forgiveness for this sin, is like any other sin, forgiven upon acceptance of Christ in our hearts. There is no such thing as a mortal sin or one sin weighing heavier or more substantial than all sin. Sin is sin. Jesus forgives all who ask. There is one sin, that the bible teaches as unforgivable, and that is blasphemy (Please see “False Teaching” section below).
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7 (KJV).
The reason for such a radical change of heart by the pope is questionable. There is no secret that the pope has been in close contact with the Obama administration, supports an interfaith movement, paganism, and many other damnable heresies, such as evolution and climate change. I pray that your eyes be opened and you allow the Holy Spirit to give you discernment. It would be wise to closely scrutinize this sudden departure from traditional catholic teaching, and view it through a political lens. It is my view that the pope’s motives are indirectly posturing a political balance, disguised as forgiveness. But, I am not here to influence, only point out areas needing close scrutiny.
The pope’s decision, comes after the famous case dating back to Feb. 25, 2009.
The Washington Post reports the following account:
A small girl arrived at the doorstep of a clinic in the Brazilian city of Pesqueira in great pain. Her abdomen was swollen and she complained of headaches, nausea and dizziness. When a doctor examined her, however, he quickly realized that she wasn’t sick. She was four months pregnant — with twins.
The girl was nine years old, raped by her own stepfather.
Doctors determined that the girl’s tiny body was too small to bear a child, let alone two, so they scheduled an operation. Although abortion is generally illegal in Brazil, it is allowed in cases of rape and to save a mother’s life. The girl checked into a local hospital, only for the hospital to suddenly announce it was postponing the procedure because of pressure from the Catholic Church.
After much upheaval, the child ended up having the abortion. In response, the Catholic church excommunicated the family and the doctor.
The United Nations condemned the Vatican for its actions, and the story took to national headlines, with cries of public outrage.
The abortion scandal soon went international. Rino Fisichella, an archbishop at the Vatican and president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, publicly criticized Cardoso and said the excommunications made the church seem “insensitive, incomprehensible and lacking in mercy.”
While Francis may be hailing the move, as an act of mercy and forgiveness, it is not likely to be approved universally. Italian cardinal Velasio De Paolis offered up these words in response to the decision:
‘Regardless of this decision by the pope, the church will continue to consider abortion a sin. ‘I hope it does not cause confusion.’
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.’
“God’s law is above any human law,” Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of Olinda and Recife announced. “So when a human law … is contrary to God’s law, this human law has no value.” When the nine-year-old received an abortion at another hospital, Cardoso decreed that the girl, her mother and her doctors were all excommunicated. “We consider this murder,” said a lawyer for the archdiocese.
On June 8, Pope Benedict XVI finally weighed in. Instead of supporting Fisichella, however, Benedict “ordered that a statement be published reaffirming that the church’s teaching on abortion had not changed,” according to Conscience magazine. “Archbishop Fisichella was obliged to issue a clarification, which amounted to a retraction.”
Since Pope Francis, the Holy See is a Totally Different Place
On Tuesday, Archbishop Fisichella was back in the news, but this time firmly in line with his boss. During a news conference at the Vatican, Fisichella announced that Pope Francis would be empowering his priests to pardon women for having abortions. Moreover, the Vatican would be sending these “missionaries of mercy” all across the world as part of the Pope’s Jubilee, or Holy Year, of Mercy, which begins in December.
According to church law, grievous or “reserved” sins such as abortion can result in excommunication and can only be forgiven by local bishops or the Pope himself. Although abortion will still be considered a sin by the church, Francis’s decision appears to be the first time a pope has empowered priests around the world to forgive women for abortion.
Scriptural Fact – We pray only to Jesus and only Jesus can forgive our sins.
Fisichella, now the president of the council organizing Holy Year events, said the Pope’s decision was intended “as a concrete sign that a priest must be a man of mercy and close to all.”
The announcement is in line with a number of controversial moves from the Argentine pope. Since his election in 2013, Francis has pushed the church to become more tolerant. He reportedly met with a transgender man at the Vatican, seemed to endorse family planning by saying Catholics don’t need to breed “like rabbits,” indicated that divorced individuals could take communion, and has met with victims of clergy sex abuse.
Most shocking of all, he expressed an openness towards embracing gays and lesbians.
“If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?” he said shortly after his election. “They shouldn’t be marginalized.”
The pope’s sometimes seemingly off-the-cuff statements have made him the most popular pontiff in a generation. But they’ve also generated concern from Catholics who feel like the church is moving too much, too soon.
The controversies make more sense, however, now that Francis has outlined his vision for the church. In a papal bull, or official letter, issued last month, the pope outlined the philosophy behind his Jubilee of Mercy.
In a radical shift from the often harsh tone of his predecessor, Pope Benedict, Francis included the word “mercy” no less than 167 times in his letter. The church must be “an oasis of mercy,” he wrote. “The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.”
The bull also outlined Francis’s plan to have priests absolve people of previously unpardonable sins, including abortion.
“During Lent of this Holy Year, I intend to send out Missionaries of Mercy,” he said. “They will be a sign of the Church’s maternal solicitude for the People of God, enabling them to enter the profound richness of this mystery so fundamental to the faith. There will be priests to whom I will grant the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See, so that the breadth of their mandate as confessors will be even clearer. They will be, above all, living signs of the Father’s readiness to welcome those in search of his pardon.”
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.
Normally, Holy Years occur once every quarter century. The last one was in 2000 under Pope John Paul II. In March, however, Pope Francis announced plans to hold a special jubilee ten years early. It is only the third special jubilee in church history.
“I trust that this Jubilee year celebrating the mercy of God will foster an encounter with these religions and with other noble religious traditions; may it open us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better; may it eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination.”
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.’
“God’s forgiveness knows no bounds,” Francis wrote. “Thus God is always ready to forgive, and he never tires of forgiving in ways that are continually new and surprising.”
In the faithful service of Jesus Christ,
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1. Mortal Sin
What does the bible say? Is there such a thing as a mortal sin? Of all the sins we commit, Jesus says, blasphemy of the Holy Ghost and worshipping of the Antichrist or taking his mark are the only sins that shall not be forgiven.
- Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men- Matthew 12:31 (KJV).
If a man takes the Mark of the Beast, that is also a Mortal Sin that is rewarded with the everlasting lake of fire -please see What is the Mark of the Beast for Further insight.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.- Revelation 14:9-11
- The mark is Irrevocable,and once taken, you have given up the gift of salvation through JESUS CHRIST.
- There is no turning back, there is no forgiveness for taking the Mark of the Beast, and there is no hope for salvation once you accept the Mark of the Beast.
- Punishment is death in the lake of fire for eternity.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. -Revelation 20:15 (KJV).
2. Wait til next year to be FORGIVEN?
Francis says, you must wait until next year to be forgiven….Jesus says, if you are a believer and accept him as your savior, and have repented, your sins are already forgiven. You must be saved to have your sins pardoned.
Why wait a year, when you can give your life to christ and find that now? If you would like to know JESUS as your personal savior, please click here.
- And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God- 1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJV).
- In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7 (KJV).
3. Jesus offers unconditional love and forgiveness When we are born again
“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.”
- Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ – Colossians 2:8 (KJV).
- O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? – Galatians 3:1 (KJV).
- Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. – Romans 1:21 (KJV).
4. Who can forgive sin?
Scriptural Fact – Priests do not have the authority to “forgive or pardon” sins- only Jesus can pardon our sins, and we pray only to Jesus.
- 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. Matthew 9:6 (KJV).
- Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins -Colossians 1:13-14 (KJV).
Intercessor / Mediator is Jesus Christ
- For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. -1 Timothy 2:5-6 (KJV).
- Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. -Romans 8:34 (KJV).
- Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.Hebrews 7:25 (KJV).
- My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2 (KJV).
- I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that isthe Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. -John 14:16-17 (KJV).
Beloveds, the Word of God commands us to get out of Babylon, saying: “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”-Revelation 18:4 (KJV).
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction – 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV).
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many -Matthew 24:11 (KJV).
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry – 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV).
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: -2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 (KJV).
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