Watch the video Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are ‘Contrite’ on Yahoo News . The Vatican announced Tuesday, Pope Francis will allow Roman Catholic priests to absolve women who have had abortions if they seek forgiveness during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy. The pontiff said he will allow priests “discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it” during the special year, beginning December 8. Abortion is considered a grave sin by the Catholic church, and those who seek it are usually excommunicated. In normal circumstances, forgiveness can only be granted by senior church figures.
What about women who have been raped? Do you forgive the men who perpetrate their assault on a woman?