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    Pope Francis Takes Major Step Toward Abortion Reform

    It’s a controversial — but welcome — move. Pope Francis has granted ordinary priests permission to absolve women of getting abortions instead of requiring repentant Catholics to seek forgiveness from a bishop. Though terminating a pregnancy remains a “grave sin” in Catholicism, many see this as an important step in reforming the Church’s long-complicated relationship with reproductive and women’s rights. With all priests now able to grant forgiveness, many women who have been ostracized by their Catholic communities may now feel able to move toward reconciliation.

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