Even if you’re an atheist or mostly despise organized religion as I do, you can’t help but appreciate and adore Pope Francis. In fact, one might even go so far as to suggest that he’s an atheist himself. I mean, never before have we witnessed a pope so connected to the people, embracing science, and opposed to the stodgy dogma of the Catholic Church. Naturally, he’s hated by Republicans since he’s not carrying out the teachings of Republican Jesus, who lives in the Cayman Islands and bankrolls the Kochs.
Well, Pope Francis is about to make some sanctimonious and ignorant Republicans even more sanctimonious and ignorant.
As part of the Catholic Church’s jubilee year of mercy, the pope is granting forgiveness to women who have had abortions. “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented,” he wrote in a letter released today by the Vatican. There is a catch of course: The woman seeking forgiveness must express regret and contrition for the abortion. Then again, there really aren’t many women out there who are all like “Woot, I just got an abortion! Screw the dad!” But that’s what Republicans would have you think, of course. Far-right religious charlatan and lowly 2016 GOP candidate Mike Huckabee might want to pay close attention (he won’t) to the Pope’s letter:
One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfil this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence. (PoliticUsUsa)
Kudos to Pope Francis for having the audacity to actually follow in the footsteps of Jesus.