Msgr. Norb Ernst
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Sept. 2, 2015
There seems to be some confusion with the news about a recent statement from Pope Francis regarding Confession after an abortion.  The Archdiocese has provided this clarification:
“The priests of the archdiocese of St. Louis have had the faculty not only to absolve the sin of abortion, but also to remove any other obstacles (excommunication) so that an individual may be fully reconciled to God and to His Church.  The priests of the archdiocese have had this faculty for decades.  While the teachings of the church are consistent, some priests’ faculties may be different in other parts of the world.  The Pope’s recent comments extending priests’ authority for the upcoming Year of Mercy is meant to facilitate more accessible reconciliation, healing and mercy throughout the universal Church.”


Msgr. Norb Ernst – Pastor