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May 2016
Ask a Franciscan
CNS PHOTO/PAUL HARING Forgiving the Sin of Abortion
In this Holy Year of Mercy, the pope has given all priests permission to absolve the sin of abortion. I always thought that as long as you are alive and your sorrow is genuine, there is no such thing as an unpardonable sin. Why was this new policy instituted? I thought this is the way that it has always been.
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Unsolicited Religious Materials
I recently received mailings from five Catholic organizations that included some type of “free” spiritual gift or Mass cards for healing or memorial Masses.

These all come with a request for a donation to support the work of that religious community. I haven’t asked for any of these cards, medals, pins, or booklets! I have my own well-worn prayer leaflets. At my age and on a fixed income, I cannot send money to every group.

Also, when an organization sends a request—and a donation envelope— to join them in a novena, I feel that I am being asked to pay for prayers for the intentions that I send them. That doesn’t seem right. I sometimes receive up to 10 such mailings every month. What is the best way to handle them?

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What’s the Difference?
In Eucharistic Prayer 2, the celebrant prays: “Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face.”

What does this distinction mean?

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‘What Can I Do?’
A couple I know has twin babies 11 months old but will not go to any Church to baptize them. What can I tell them or do for them?
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