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Pope says priests must never deny absolution

January 18, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis told Spanish seminarians that a priest should never deny absolution to a penitent, even if “there is no intention to repent.”

In extemporaneous remarks, the Pope said that priests who deny absolution are “delinquents,” engaging in “evil, unjust, and moralistic judgment.”

The Pope’s remarks contrast with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which teaches that repentance is a necessary condition for absolution.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 19, 2023 11:49 AM ET USA

    Since priests serve _in persona Christi_, he is trying to give a lesson in moral theology to Christ.