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Statement from Bishop Loverde regarding forgiveness of the sin of abortion

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With all of the Catholic faithful, I welcome Pope Francis' message of mercy, which has been a consistent theme of his pontificate since its outset, and to which he drew heightened attention throughout the recent Jubilee Year of Mercy. The announcement that Pope Francis has continued — going forward beyond the Jubilee Year of Mercy — to extend the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion to all priests throughout the world illustrates his profound commitment to making God's mercy ever more available.

Within the Diocese of Arlington, both my predecessor Bishop Keating and I have given our priests the ability to forgive the sin of abortion. I also want to reassure those who have already celebrated the sacrament of Penance that their sins, including the sin of abortion, confessed with a contrite heart are forgiven forever. Let us rejoice with all who experience the mercy and peace of God through the forgiveness of sins in the sacrament of Penance!

While Confession offers the necessary spiritual healing to those involved with abortion because of the gravity of the sin, there is also need for post-abortive healing, often so that one can forgive oneself. Project Rachel provides professional, sensitive, and confidential help to anyone in need. Please call 1-888-456-HOPE or 703/841-2504, or visit our website at helpafterabortion.org. 


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016