Thou shall be Pardoned?

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The pope just announced that he gave permission for all catholic priests to "forgive" abortion.

What do you think about this statement?

Is is this a step forward or is this proof that people are so consumed by religion that common sense is thrown out the window? This statement in my opinion feels like we moved from the 16th century to the 17th century. For many, belief trumps common sense, belief trumps science and clouds their judgment. There are double standards for some religions. The statement from the pope tells me that women who had an abortion prior to him granting permission to forgive, were all condemned to hell.
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