This, while it headlines the more widespread faculty to absolve of the sin of a procured abortion, (not sure why, but my vague impression is that in at least one diocese in which i lived the bishop had already extended it to all his priests. Don't know how widespread this is.)
And I'll be honest, the way the article is written, I'm thinking yet again that His Holiness could have... parsed? his words a bit better. The full text, which I will look for now, may clear that up for me.
But this, to me, is even more wonderful because it speaks of a reconciliation not just between sinner and the Body of Christ, but reconciliation, a binding up of a deeper wound on the Body of Christ, a rift in its very structure. And frankly, dealing as it does with a wing of the Church with which Francis is too often complained not to be in sympathy, it is beyond amazing.
In another significant move, Francis has also allowed priests from the Society of St Pius X to “validly and licitly” hear confessions during the Holy Year.Let us all find our "holy doors" through which to walk
“This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one,” the Pope said in his letter, explaining several bishops have informed him of the society’s “good faith and sacramental practice,” albeit combined with an “uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint.”...
In his letter, Francis expressed his confidence that solutions to recovering full communion with the priests and superiors of the Society could be found in the near future.
In the meantime, “motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition,” he declared that those who approach priests of the Society for confession during the jubilee “shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.”