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EDITORIAL | Dignity for the unborn

State lawmakers' investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices in Missouri has revealed that Pathology Services Inc. is the third-party provider of pathology services for abortions performed at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

Abortion healing requires God's grace, mercy

Pope Francis, seen praying during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26, has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy.

When Linda Raymond heard the news that Pope Francis expanded on priests' authority to absolve penitents from the sin of abortion, she was a little confused.

As teenagers, Linda and her now husband, Chuck, had an abortion. About a decade ago, they sought forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation at a Rachel's Vineyard retreat.

So what did the pope's announcement mean, exactly? Were their confessions valid?

"That was my first thought," Linda Raymond said. "For a long time, I thought I would never be able to be forgiven for what happened."

For Year of Mercy, pope extends to priests authority to absolve women of sin of abortion

Pope Francis, seen praying during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26, has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy.

VATICAN CITY -- In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity during the year of the sacrament of confession celebrated by priests of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.

AT LARGE | With abortion, non-threatening words describe horrific actions

Dave Luecking

Killed.

There, got your attention.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson used this stark word with great impact in his homily at the Mass for Peace and Justice on Aug. 9, the one-year anniversary of Ferguson.

He used the killing of Jesus as his first example of forgiveness.

"... when He forgives those who killed Him."

That certainly got people's attention, and right off the hop, too. If Archbishop Carlson had used "crucified," the impact wouldn't have been as great.

Women further victimized through harvesting of fetal parts

Women who have an abortion are being further victimized when given the option to donate their child's body parts for research, according to Sue Harvath, who has counseled post-abortive women in the St. Louis area for more than 30 years.

Harvath said it shouldn't matter whether Planned Parenthood is making money from the sale of fetal body parts, as alleged in the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, because even the act of obtaining the body parts is manipulative and flat wrong.

Planned Parenthood videos a 'wake-up call for the community'

WEston Kenney | westonkenney@archstl.org 
Mary Roy was among protesters who prayed outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis July 21 in response to a video that showed a Planned Parenthood worker apparently negotiating the sale of fetal tissue and organs. Roy is a parishioner at St. James in Potosi.

Mary Maschmeier says the life-size images of babies dismembered from abortion have an impact, whether people like it or not.

The posters were displayed by protesters outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis last week as news continued about the recent undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood allegedly selling fetal tissue from aborted babies. Maschmeier and about a dozen other protesters stood outside the abortion facility, the group called together to pray in response to the videos.

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