Special Statement from the Archdiocese:
September 1, 2015 - Pope Francis today released a letter in which he granted to all priests in good standing, the ability to forgive the sin of procuring an abortion and to lift the penalty of excommunication inherent in the aforementioned procurement. The Holy Father wrote, “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it.”
Canon law reserves the absolution of abortion and the lifting of the excommunication associated with it to a bishop, unless the bishop grants such a faculty to a priest.
In the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, it has long been the practice for the Archbishop to grant the ability (faculty) to forgive the sin of abortion and its inherent excommunication to every priest as part of their regular scope of faculties for the Sacrament of Penance. Most priests of the Archdiocese received this faculty immediately after their priestly ordination.
Not all diocesan bishops in the world necessarily grant that faculty to all the priests of their diocese. The Holy Father’s action today grants to all priests, worldwide, the ability to absolve from the sin of abortion during the Year of Mercy (December 8, 2015 – November 26, 2016).
In a related matter the Holy Father, in the same letter, established “that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach … priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.” Thus, Catholics who for whatever reason attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X can be assured that during the Year of Mercy that they will have recourse to valid and licit sacramental confession.
The Holy Father clearly desires the Year of Mercy “to be for all believers a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God.”
Archbishop Announces Ten-Year Vision
Archbishop Joseph F. Nauman has announced his pastoral vision for the archdiocese for the next 10 years. This document, promulgated on August 4, 2015, the Feast of St. John Vianney, with the theme “Complete Joy: Growing as Disciples of Jesus, Making Disciples for Jesus" is the culmination of the work that he and his Visioning Team have done over the past year. You can read this document and learn more by clicking here.
"Living in Love" Retreats
Discover what over 600 couples in Northeast Kansas have discovered ... it is possible to be IN LOVE every day!
Living in Love is an exciting day and a half parish based retreat workshop designed to energize the romance and renew the joy of being in love through a practical application of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
The next "Living in Love" retreats are scheduled for the weekends of October 10-11 in Emporia, KS and November 7-8 in Leawood, KS. For more information, click here.
The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for September 2015:
- Universal: That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.
- Evangelization: That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim.
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