Easing a path to absolution for abortion is a wise move in bringing those who felt disenfranchised by the Catholic church back. It also shows that the Vatican is adapting its beliefs to cater to new liberal catholic ideology.
"'I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision,' Francis said in a statement released by the Vatican. 'What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope.'"
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