Priests Can Still Forgive Abortions, Thanks To Pope Francis
Pope Francis has officially extended a temporary change that granted priests the power to forgive abortions.By Briana Altergott | November 21, 2016
Abortion is still considered a "grave sin" in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But now all priests have the power to forgive it, thanks to Pope Francis.
As part of the church's Holy Year of Mercy, the pope temporarily allowed all priests to absolve women who've had an abortion — something only bishops were allowed to do previously.
On Monday, the pope announced that change is permanent.