Majority Of Catholics Believe Women Who Have Had Abortions Should Be Forgiven
I grew up in a Catholic household. I have various crucifixes and saints adorning both the interior of my home and on the porch. But the indoctrination into such a religion never really agreed with me — I was baptized but never completed the rest of the sacraments, my siblings on the other hand weren’t so lucky. While my parents disagreed (and continue to do so) on my choice, that was always it. I disagreed with the church’s handling on controversial matters and couldn’t find myself to be associated with them. While most of my issues dealt with gay rights, there was the previous Holiness I couldn’t quite stand. As blasphemous as that sounds, I was ecstatic and relived when Pope Benedict XVI resigned from his duties and Pope Francis I was appointed to the head of the church.
Under the new Pope, the Catholic church is viewed personally by me as slightly more tolerant. Granted there are major issues within the church that I still have trouble seeing eye to eye with, the congregation may be leaning towards a liberal state. In September of 2015, Pope Francis announced a decision that would undue canon law — those asking for forgiveness for having an abortion would no longer be excommunicated. While I think many would appreciate the sentiment of having God’s forgiveness, I don’t find it necessary. Again, it’s an internal struggle within the church and their flock. Thanks to our friends at YouGov, their recent study shows many Catholics are on the fence about abortion being legal but are behind the papacy in forgiving women for their “sin.”
For me, the support behind the idea of forgiveness is shocking. Adding from a cultural background, many of the religious characters I’ve met have spouted the same nonsense about abortion — “they’re killing children,” “it goes against God’s will.” And yes, the urge to argue is there but seeing them want forgiveness is entirely new. In spite of all my misgivings about the Catholic church, I welcome their mercy. I may not be entirely religious but if someone wants forgiveness, they should be able to ask for it.