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NY Times Rips Catholic Church For 'Offering Forgiveness' For Abortion

NY Times Rips Catholic Church For 'Offering Forgiveness' For Abortion

By Matthew Balan for Newsbusters

The long and short of Jill Filipovic's Friday op-ed in the New York Times was her outrage that the Catholic Church – and specifically, Pope Francis – still considered abortion to be a grave sin. The former Cosmopolitan political writer asserted that Pope Francis "offering forgiveness" to women who've had abortion is "a softer version of the same judgment: that the millions of women around the world who have abortions every year are sinners. Inviting women to feel shame and guilt for their abortions isn't a mercy; it's cruelty."

Filipovic, who was recently recognized by Planned Parenthood for her "media excellence" in defending the abortion giant, also decried how the pontiff wasn't "treating women as adults who make their own decisions," and asserted that the Church was "moving their rhetoric away from the condemnatory and into the patronizing."

The pro-abortion writer started spinning Pope Francis's recent move from the very start of her column, "The Pope's Unforgiving Message." She noted that the Bishop of Rome "announced this month that for a year...women who had terminated pregnancies could be granted forgiveness from Roman Catholic priests, instead of facing potential excommunication for their sins. It sounds like a step in the right direction: Mercy for women who have had abortions certainly seems preferable to condemnation." She continued by claiming that "mercy may actually be worse. While the pope's announcement has been hailed as evidence of the church's new, softer approach, it's actually the latest example of the modern anti-abortion strategy: Portray women as victims who need to be protected from themselves with laws that restrict abortion rights."

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