5.4.5 Special Issues Arising in Sacramental Confession

(In the apostolic letter m.p., "Misericordia et Misera," dated 20 November 2016, the Holy Father has extended to priest-confessors the faculty to absolve the sin of completed, procured abortion.  This faculty was widely possessed but it is now universally possessed. A question had been raised whether this also contained the faculty to remit the automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication of canon 1398. A private response from the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative texts confirms that it does.)

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Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor