Pope Francis Extends Faculty to Absolve Abortions
In an apostolic letter at the close of the Holy Year of Mercy on November 19, Pope Francis has called on the Catholic Church worldwide to heal the grave wound of abortion and “to promote a culture of mercy in which no one looks at another with indifference or turns away from the suffering of our brothers and sisters.”
As you may recall, at the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis granted all priests worldwide the faculty “to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it.” (See Sept. 1, 2015 letter). The pope extended to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion” in “Mercy and Misery,” his apostolic letter concluding the Year of Mercy.
Remember that most if not all U.S. bishops have for years granted their priests the faculty to remove the penalty of excommunication if it was incurred. “It is commonly thought that the Church excommunicates all Catholics who have procured a successful abortion. However, in probably a great many cases, mitigating or extenuating circumstances prevent the individual from incurring the censure of excommunication.” (Project Rachel Resource Manual, pg. 67). Read more in America.
Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Post-abortion Recovery
Help someone you love heal from their abortion. Go to the Rachel’s Vineyard websitefor details on healing weekends for post-abortive men and women in Michigan, beginning in February 2017. Weekends are scheduled locally February 17- 19 and August 11-13 . Contact the New Life Center for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-456-HOPE. Cost is $200. Financial aid is available.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Bioethical Discussion on Prenatal Interventions, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center
will give two presentations on issues related to life from conception until natural death.
$15 per session or $25 for both, including refreshments.
Morning session: Examining Complicated Situations in Pregnancy: Prenatal Interventions and Seeking to Protect Both.
- 9 am vigil Mass
- Session from 10 am until 12 noon
Afternoon Session: A Good Death: Why Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Fail the Patient.
- 4:30 pm vigil Mass
- Session from 6 pm until 8 pm.
These topics may be of particular interest to those who work in the health care profession. Please share this information with your friends, family, co-workers.
Space is limited. To register, contact Barbara Grant-Yopko: 734-355-3503 or email email@example.com.
Pro-life Advisory Board Member, Ob-gyn, Dr. Melissa Halvorson Smith, shares her passion for babies at St. Mary’s School in Westphalia
“It was a wonderful afternoon to celebrate life,” said Dr. Halvorson Smith, after a pro-life presentation she made on the development of babies in the womb to a Westphalia Pro-Life Club on Friday. Students from St. Mary’s School in Westphalia also received a lesson on how doctors detect a baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler device Dr. Halvorson Smith brought with her to the school.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family
The New Life Center wishes our pro-life family and friends a blessed and safe Thanksgiving. We are so very grateful to all of you and thank God for the many blessings He has poured out on our community to end abortion and to build a culture of life. God has answered our prayers and blessed us with great fruit from the prayerful public witness and work we have done together. Together we are bringing hope and healing to those in greatest need in our ten-county region of mid-Michigan.
God bless you,
Director, Project Rachel Diocese of Lansing
Coordinator, New Life Center