Any confessor can absolve penitents of abortion
From time to time I am asked whether priests need special faculties to absolve penitents in abortion cases. Although the 1983 Code, in contrast to the 1917 Code, requires no special confessional faculties in abortion cases — and therefore any priest authorized to hear confessions can absolve from the sin of abortion and from the automatic censure attached to it — confusion on this point apparently persists. So let’s address it.
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