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 Post subject: can priest give absolution for abortion
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:41 pm 
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Can a priest give absolution for sin of abortion? I read where sin of abortion can not be absolved by priest, but come from a Bishop. However, priests in U.S. can absolve sins pertaining to abortion. I am really confused by this.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:33 am 
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The authority to do that belongs to a bishop, but a bishop can give that authority to his priests. I'm not aware of a diocese in the U.S. where that doesn't happen, and I believe it is the case in most foreign countries as well.

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I have authority to absolve all sins reserved to the bishop except for one (that only priests can commit). I believe that most priests in the US have the same authority I do, though perhaps this general permission is not quite as widespread as the one dealing with abortion is.

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Well that just makes me curious.

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A priest cannot absolve someone with whom he has committed a sin against the sixth commandment, and he commits a reserved sin if he tries.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
A priest cannot absolve someone with whom he has committed a sin against the sixth commandment, and he commits a reserved sin if he tries.
Correct me if I'm wrong:
If a priest does a sin against the 6th commandment, only a Bishop can absolve him.
If a priest tries to absolve a person with whom he has committed that sin, only the Pope can absolve him.

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1) No. Any priest can.
2) Not quite. He incurs a latae sententiae excommunication that's reserved to the Holy See, but he doesn't have to fly to Rome to get it removed. He (and whoever's working with him) will need to gain permission from the Holy See to lift it, but it can be done by whoever has gotten the requisite permission.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
1) No. Any priest can.
2) Not quite. He incurs a latae sententiae excommunication that's reserved to the Holy See, but he doesn't have to fly to Rome to get it removed. He (and whoever's working with him) will need to gain permission from the Holy See to lift it, but it can be done by whoever has gotten the requisite permission.

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Fr. Obi, have you recieved a PM I sent you?

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Remember that it's Sunday morning here, which means I can be a bit busy.

Yes. You see, many a time, people just ignore PM's as there is just a small rectangle in the top to remind. I do appreciate your service for God and his Church; you need never put me in front of your flock.

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Jack3 wrote:
Fr. Obi, have you recieved a PM I sent you?


He can't absolve you via e-mail, Jack :fyi: .

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 Post subject: Re: can priest give absolution for abortion
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pax wrote:
Jack3 wrote:
Fr. Obi, have you recieved a PM I sent you?


He can't absolve you via e-mail, Jack :fyi: .
Absolve me for :scratch: :idea2: :shock: I am a schoolboy in my early teens!

Anyway, he can pray for the intentions I send him through PM.
And I asked Fr. to clarify a doctrine (3 actually).

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