What About the Intersection of Religion?

Feminists are quick to dismiss the Catholic Church, but do they realize how important faith is in many women’s lives?

As we welcome Pope Francis to America, many people are wondering if he will speak about abortion during his visit. His recent comments on the subject have put the media in a frenzy. On September 1 he released a letter to the public on his goals for the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Church has called a Jubilee Year every 25 or 50 years since 1300, according to the National Catholic Reporter. The Mercy Year starts on December 8.

Among other provisions, the Pope said he was opening a special, temporary “mercy” window allowing priests to forgive women and doctors who have had or performed abortions. Typically, a bishop has to give priests permission to forgive abortions, but Pope Francis’s letter opens up permission for all priests.

This decree shouldn’t be shocking for the United States, since most U.S. bishops have allowed their priests to forgive abortions. However, the Pope is much more than just the pontiff, he is an international public figure, and what he says about abortion can make a huge impact on public policy, especially Read more