Maybe it was just wishful thinking clouding the judgment of the journalists at MSNBC, but yesterday’s headline about Pope Francis was downright misleading. “Pope says priests can allow this catholic sin,” read the headline. The suspense! Which sin can priests allow?
Today, the Washington Examiner awarded MSNBC the honor of publishing “what may be the most inaccurate headline of 2015.”
The story not only suggests incorrectly that Francis is now “allowing” Catholics to get abortions, but it also ignores the historical context and factual significance of his letter to Archbishop Fisichella.
Francis’ letter said, “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father.”
In short, Francis is granting Catholic priests for the entirety of the Holy Year of Mercy the authority to engage more fully and efficiently with those who have been “scarred” by abortion.
The MSNBC website now features this headline on the Pope’s message: “Pope Francis: Priests can forgive abortion if women are ‘contrite'”