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Priest-confessors at World Youth Day given authority to lift excommunication for abortion

August 17, 2011

Priests hearing confessions at World Youth Day have been given the authority to lift the excommunication of penitents who have been involved in abortions.

Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid granted that authority to all the priests at this week’s WYD events. Ordinarily only a limited number of priests in each diocese have the authority to remove the excommunication that is the automatic penalty for participating in an abortion.


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  • Posted by: voxfem - Aug. 17, 2011 7:54 PM ET USA

    God be praised for his mercy!