Local Catholics react to pope's new stance forgiving abortion

4 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, September 01 2015 Sep 1, 2015 Tuesday, September 01, 2015 3:52:00 PM CDT September 01, 2015 in News
By: Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Reporter and The Associated Press
loading

COLUMBIA - Local priests and pastors said the pope's new stance on abortion announced Tuesday remind people of the need to forgive and not punish.

Pope Francis said he is letting all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy absolve the "sin of abortion" if women seek forgiveness with a "contrite heart." It is part of the Holy Year of Mercy, which runs Dec. 8 through late November 2016.

"The pope wants to make it clear that all priests have permission to absolve abortion during this year," said Michael Flanagan, associate pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. 

Flanagan said the pope's statement also affects the hierarchy in the Catholic Church. Before, those involved with an abortion were excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and only a bishop could lift the ban. The new policy suspends the bishops' power to prohibit priests from giving forgiveness.

Joseph Corel, vicar general for the Diocese of Jefferson City, said, "Pope Francis is saying this is a grave sin. This is wrong, and you should never do this, but if you do this, it means I want to you to be healed and reconciled."

A new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute shows 51% of American Catholics say abortion should be legal in all cases, while 45% say it should be illegal.

"We are polarized right now," Flanagan said. "We need to take time for mercy and to talk while not being so angry at each other."

Local members of the Catholic Church said the comments by the pope are meant to create more understanding and reduce divides in the world.

"We are here to forgive, and we all need forgiveness," Flanagan said. "In particular, all those who are suffering or feel isolated, he is trying to bring them back into the community."

Pope Francis said in a letter Tuesday he has met many women bearing "the scar of this agonizing" decision to abort.

Corel said he hopes the pope's comments will allow people from both sides of the abortion debate to have a conversation without anger and hatred.

"If you can look at the two philosophies, the two viewpoints, and see if they can actually dialogue, then I think this goes a long ways," Corel said. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday moved to enact strict penalties for people caught with the highly lethal... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:08:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
MID-MISSOURI - A multi-day storm system is on its way to Missouri and could lead to icy roads and snow... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:32:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Fewer families came out to the Food Bank's Mobile Pantry to pick up free groceries. "The line... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:37:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - For some businesses, winter weather brings a new type of precipitation. James Magley, an employee for Voss Land... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:33:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - In January 2019, the Columbia City Council decided rate payers would collectively pay around $1 million more in... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:08:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department was called early Wednesday morning to a report of an unknown person... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 4:25:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say the city of Wuhan is shutting down outbound flights and trains as the... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:21:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:18:51 PM CST January 22, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is testing a new way to monitor student class attendance. Spotter was released... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:12:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
ASHLAND - Ashland Police Officer George Roberson was recognized at last night's Ashland Board of Alderman meeting for his actions... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:03:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council voted 5-1 to allow Raising Cane's the conditional-use permit necessary to build a... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:29:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A week after the Supreme Court of Missouri upheld that part of the voter ID law which... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:13:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Winter weather causes many problems, and people get antsy when driving and walking conditions become dangerous. Many... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:59:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The weather fatigue is making its way here in mid-Missouri, impacting businesses and everyday people. Mackenzie Knierim,... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:44:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
Authorities say a suspected drunken driver who was behind the wheel of a stolen Arkansas sport utility vehicle has... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:01:39 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One youth organization is looking to make big strides this upcoming year to stop climate change. The... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:22:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—Lucky's Market in Columbia will remain open, while the two other Missouri stores, and others across the country will... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:19:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Memory Strategies is hosting a STEM workshop for parents and teens at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:02:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
3am 33°
4am 33°
5am 34°
6am 35°