Pope Francis despatches 1,000 “super-confessor” priests

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35543998

Pope Francis has sent more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon.

The Missionaries of Mercy, nicknamed the super-confessors, were given the special license for the Vatican’s Jubilee year, which ends in November.

Grave sins include defiling consecrated bread and wine, violating confessional secrecy, and plotting to kill a pope.

Pope Francis has often said the Church needs to be less rigid and judgemental.

He has declared this a Holy Year of Mercy, and is using it to spread a message of forgiveness – particularly among Catholics who have strayed from the faith and are keen to return.

At a Vatican ceremony on Tuesday, the Pope addressed some 700 of the chosen priests, saying penitents should be welcomed with open arms, instead of being judged with “a sense of superiority”.

“It’s not with the cudgel of judgment that we will succeed in bringing the lost sheep back to the fold,” he told a gathering in the Apostolic Palace.

The priests have been selected from dioceses around the world, and are expected to carry out their special mission in countries including Burundi, Egypt, China and the United Arab Emirates.

One of the priests is expected to travel among Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic, while another one is planning to tour remote parts of Australia in a van.

The grave sins that the priests can temporarily forgive may usually only be pardoned by senior bishops, Vatican officials or the Pope himself.

Abortion falls within the category of serious transgressions, but the Pope last year announced that he would allow all regular priests to grant absolution for this sin to women who wished to repent, for the duration of the Holy Year.

The Pope said that he recognised some women felt they had no choice but to take the “agonising” decision to have an abortion.

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what the fawk..

“Pope Francis has sent more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon.”

mini popes with big pope power?

this is an exercise in public relations..

“Abortion falls within the category of serious transgressions, but the Pope last year announced that he would allow all regular priests to grant absolution for this sin to women who wished to repent, for the duration of the Holy Year.”

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~ by seeker401 on February 13, 2016.

8 Responses to “Pope Francis despatches 1,000 “super-confessor” priests”

  1. How many of them are queer child molesting priests ?

  2. My goodness, can you imagine what it costs to destroy and then rebuild an entire New World that includes the continent of Africa as well as the ancient kingdoms in the Middle East? Seems in their greed and never-ending pursuit to control the globe, they bit off more than they can chew, or they are going in all or nothing this time!

    The pope’s thousand man army collecting protection money via indulgences for their silence. Must be like sending in Special Ops eh?

    I hope when they’ve completed this new genesis, they have the decency to remember that the biblical Jubilee was meant for the people and not the ‘kings’ whom they’ve bribed when it comes time to eliminate those debts they’ve placed on the backs of the peasants, amid the rivers of their blood!

  3. Ya can’t jeopardise the finance can you

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/10/catholic-bishops-not-obliged-report-clerical-child-abuse-vatican-says

    • The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.

      A document that spells out how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse, which was recently released by the Vatican, emphasised that, though they must be aware of local laws, bishops’ only duty was to address such allegations internally.

      “According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds,” the training document states.

      and yet look at the popularity of franky..i keep saying hes a fake..what he says and what happens are 2 very different things..

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