Women who've had abortions are not sinners — and the Catholic Church just confirmed it.

Pope Francis has declared that women should be forgiven for having abortions. In a document released today, Pope Francis reiterated a point that he made in 2015: Priests must forgive women who've had abortions. Previously, only bishops had that authority. 

His statement marked the conclusion of the church's year-long Jubilee of Mercy, which is part of the Catholic Church's ploy to be more "welcoming, merciful and inclusive," according to The New York Times.

While the Pope thinks women should be forgiven, he also said that abortion is still viewed as a "grave sin since it puts an end to an innocent life."

Pope Francis still believes that abortion is a sin, but God will forgive those who have the medical procedure done.

"In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father," the Pope writes. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation. I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion."


Catholic women have mixed feelings about decree. Most liberal women applauded the Pope's openness, especially now that president-elect Donald Trump has vowed to appoint pro-life judges. However, all Catholic women don't see it the same way. 

Some denounced the Pope altogether.

Others clashed about the matter

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Writer Kitty Wenham said the issue directs her back to Jesus' teachings.

The decree made some Twitter users question the Pope's authenticity.

However, other Catholics are extremely grateful for the Pope's directive.

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The bottom line is no one should live in shame, and the Pope just confirmed it.

Amen to that!