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The Vatican: Yo, Abortions Are OK… But Only For Six Days

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The Vatican Forgives Abortion For Six Days

Everyone knows abortion is a major no-no in the Catholic Church.

If you get one, you are thereby excommunicated from the Church and looked down upon like the little heathen you are.

But hey, Papa Pope says it's all gonna be good for six days!

The Vatican is celebrating World Youth Day by offering women the chance to confess their sin for a clean slate in the eyes of the Church.

For six days, 200 confession booths will be open in central Madrid welcoming any woman seeking redemption.

So for all the ladies around the world wanting forgiveness, just buy a plane ticket and you're all set!

Sigh… well, it's a start, right? Snaps for progress, no matter how little…or halfway backwards.

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50 comments to “The Vatican: Yo, Abortions Are OK… But Only For Six Days”



  1. 1

    Sounds to me like business for the airlines.



  2. 2

    Oh Please do not get me started on the catholic church. What a sick bunch of depraved
    useless, excuses for human beings. We should bring back the inquisitions ,as in anyone who supports the catholic church should be made to endure what the(non believers) had to endure in times gone by.Keep molesting innocent children you sick fucks .



  3. 3

    Religion is the root of all evil. How about believing in yourselves.
    Pretty simple really, morals do not stem from Religion, they stem from a basic common code of conduct.



  4. 4

    i guess all you redneck (conservatives,eg Bachman et al) think that the little programmed son of a son of a preacher man on you tube is cute?
    Sad sad sad.



  5. 5

    This church is looking more and more ridiculous with each passing statement. Seriously how can anyone follow them when with just a little bit of thought you can see right through them?



  6. 6

    BUTT OUT OF RELIGION MARIO! The Roman Catholic religion HAS THEIR BELIEFS…you can chose whether to follow them or not… plenty of people go to church, temple, etc and not believe EVERYTHING that their house of worship DICTATES!!!! Much like what your parents set down as their values for you to follow, did you follow everything they said or did? Doubt it. Doubt very very few kids do….



  7. 7

    @ jusstfax , learn how to spell , secondly are you serious?



  8. 8

    @justtfax, do you get the irony?



  9. 9

    All religion is a scam. People need to get over it… and abortion! Both are just ways to control women and hold them down.



  10. 10

    Re: justtfax – Perez can say whatever he wants, you lowlife. he's entitled to his opinion too… funny how you think you're the only one who can tell others what to do, no? Retard.



  11. 11

    @Brains of the Operation
    Hell yes



  12. 12

    I come from a very catholic family, I am not. I garantee that noone of my family makes homophobic comments or any hate in general. To me its absurd all the effort you are doing for the "it gets better" project, when constantly you are bullying a religion. Aren't you gay? Aren't you looking for equality? why do you make fun of religions? Because for me is the same as if you are homophobic, racist, or a bully in general. RIDICULOUS! Everybody has the right to be free, love and find peace. So its not ok for kids buylling a gay, but its ok for kids buylling a catholic? What are you looking for? You have to be carefull on the messages you are sending.



  13. 13

    Re: Get Stuffed – My gosh you harbour a lot of anger, were you molested by a priest during childhood by any chance. You speak about a "basic common code of conduct" just one post after going off on an unwarranted rant on the church.



  14. 14

    The pope is not representative of any deity (or any deity's son), and cannot wipe anyone's slate free of sins. Half of my family is Catholic, and I definitely am not. That church is responsible for more war and persecution than any government could begin to be, and I for one see it for what it is. But my take on it is totally different from that of a Catholic, and if someone gets some kind of comfort from the church, it's not up to me to ridicule that person.
    .
    Re: Tricia00 – Agreed … Mario seems to get off on bashing Catholicism and bullying its followers. But bullying is the only way he can do things because he's not smart enough to do it any other way. He'll never get anywhere because no one respects him or his opinion. It's actually pretty funny.



  15. 15

    Re:WhyCantIleave comments.
    well that says it all doesn't it. Does one have to be molested by a priest to have absolute hatred for the church.Being such a church goer yourself,one would assume that you would have some form of sympathy for someone whome you assume was molested by one of your so called priests. Get a fucking life loser. i guess you would hope to be molested by one of your so called men of the cloth. Fucking religious zealot piece of shit. Go eat a dick.



  16. 16

    Fuck you, Catholic Church. You and your medieval ideas.



  17. 17

    @ why cant i leave comments.
    You are a fucking moron.



  18. 18

    @why cant i leave comments
    just another thing you fucking deadbeat
    you should seriously excominicate yourself from that evil vile church that you belong to
    before it is to late.maybe before you get molested from a priest
    you vile piece of excrement.



  19. 19

    Religion is a sin ,
    Anyone who believes in it is a deluded imbecile.



  20. 20

    I grew up catholic and although I do not really consider myself one anymore, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on the religion. At least at the church I attended, they taught forgiveness, I knew many women who had abortions who were active members of the church. You don't need to go to the Vatican in the next 6 days, you can always just go to your local church for confession. there aren't certain sins that you have to fly out to Rome for… I doubt the pope is saying hey for the 6 days you can be forgiven but after that sorry…they are just promoting it for world youth day. I'm not defending the catholic faith bc personally I am pro choice and support gay marriage however the fact that you are making it seem like its a one time thing to be forgiven is wrong.



  21. 21

    Perez - you should do your homework - You can only be excommunicated from the church if you're a theist, priest, bishop or someone within the church. And to all the haters, calm the fuck down - you probably believe the Davinci code was based on real events and that everything is one big conspiracy!



  22. 22

    Actually, abortion is viewed like any other sin and can be forgiven through confession at any time. Most catholic churches have programs specifically focused on helping women heal emotionally after having an abortion. If you want to disagree with the church's teachings on abortion that's fine, but get your facts straight.



  23. 23

    I'm really getting tired of this site and perez's agenda. he'll bash/trash/bully anything and everything he doesn't agree with. isn't everyone entitled to their own opinion? i find it hard to believe that the Vatican made any reference to abortions and World Youth Day. That's just perez adding to it. It's called confession…which can be done by pretty much any priest anywhere in the world at any time. it's not just for these 6 days. ignorance is bliss.



  24. 24

    @lovedove. do not worry love .
    I was raised a bloody catholic as well , but do not worry, you will overcome the repressive guilt that has been drummed into your head, all will be well.



  25. 25

    The Catholiv Church is getting more & more ridiculous!



  26. 26

    BTW,
    WhycantIleave comments

    most priests molest boys.
    because they are not allowed to have sex.
    So get your facts straight.



  27. 27

    Re: Get Stuffed – uhh I don't have guilt? and it wasn't ever "drummed" into my head. I was just pointing out that what Perez wrote about this "one time forgiveness" was wrong and was making it seem really ridiculous. and although the church is pretty ridiculous, nobody should be judged for what they believe in.



  28. 28

    Re lovedove
    not a problem.



  29. 29

    Perez, if you want people to respect your sexuality, why don'y you try to respect their religion. It is clear that your stance is far from tolerance, it's more like bullying!



  30. 30

    It's funny to me that the Church tends to relax it's rules that hit them in the pocketbook. So, couples that got divorced way back when, were excommunicated from the Church, but now they aren't. As 50% of marriages end in divorce, they were losing a lot of tithing money. Now that abortion has been legal almost 40 years, they're relaxing the rules on it, too, so that they get that tithing money.

    When condemning homosexuality, they'll cite Leviticus and other Old Testament passages but when asked why it's suddenly okay to eat shellfish, masturbate or wear clothing of mixed fabrics, they say that that stuff is in the Old Testament and doesn't apply anymore in the context of the New Testament. It's all very confusing what they pick and choose to believe out of a book that was written by men over 2000 years ago and assembled with purpose by Roman Emperor Constantine in an effort to subjugate his people by uniting them in one religion. Picking the gospels that would be included and declaring the rest heretic so that he could shape the behavior of the Roman people as he saw fit.

    Religion stopped being about spirituality a long time ago. Now, it seems like it's simply about the money (tithing, tax free), the power (voter blocks) and, of course, raping little boys.



  31. 31

    The black and grey Popes behind the curtain really run that mess,the sitting Pope came out of a Natzi youth camp….enough said.



  32. 32

    @getstuffed - That's a LOT of rage, and whatever got you to this point, I'm sorry you had to go through it. You're welcome to your opinion, but if your goal is to make a case for your way of thinking, this isn't the way to do it. It's hard to take anyone seriously whose posts are filled with expletives, inappropriate and vicious attacks, and attempts to bully anyone who has a different perspective.



  33. 33

    Re: smart cookie 1 – I agree. You don't have to share someone's beliefs to acknowledge their right to believe it. I'm thrilled to live in a country where, at least in theory, we're free to worship differently (or not at all). Slamming someone else's religion is extremely disrespectful, and particularly surprising from Perez, given that his mom is a devout Catholic.



  34. 34

    Re: Get Stuffed – most priests molest boys? i think you need to get YOUR facts straight. was there a recent study done on the subject? is it published somewhere? this is news to me, as i'm sure it is news to most people. you are basing your less than factual statement on a few bad priests out of many good priests. oy vey.



  35. 35

    Re: WhyCantILeaveComments – i was beginning to wonder the same thing…then i would understand where all of the anger comes from….



  36. 36

    Re: nativetexan – thanks!



  37. 37

    One of the greatest mysteries for me are religious people. Just how dumb do you have to be to believe in that load of crap religions are teaching? It seems imposible that an educated, inteligent person would be religious, yet many of them are.



  38. 38

    Wow, the amount of absolute vitrol and false information being thrown around on this thread is absolutely appalling. Of course, it is within the right of any poster on here to post their opinions, but one should at least launch an attack on the basis of truth, not the stereotypes being thrown about by both sides.



  39. 39

    In the Catholic Church, members believe that all human life, from the moment of conception to the final moment of death, is precious. As a result, abortion is considered murder, and grounds for an *automatic* excommunication; it does not even have to be pronounced by a church official. It is believed to be one of several gravely serious sins that incurs an automatic excommunication. An excommunication does NOT throw one out of the Catholic Church. It is simply a pronouncement that one's sin is so grave that they cannot partake in any of the church's sacraments, except for confession, because God can forgive ANY sin, including murder. Normally (and it has ALWAYS been this way, it is not a recent development), only a bishop, cardinal, or the pope can lift an excommunication. However, what ONE member of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid (not the pope) has said is that during the World Youth Day celebration, because there will be so many young women in attendance, including many who may have had an abortion, priests have been temporarily delegated the authority to lift an excommunication, with the authority of the local bishop. Again, this is nothing new. A local bishop can delegate many authorities normally reserved to the hierarchy, including, for example, things like performing Confirmations. This idea has been around for hundreds of years.



  40. 40

    I have no problem with anyone on here who wishes to criticize the Catholic Church. However, this is being presented as some kind of a corruption that has absolutely no precedent in history, when in fact it is simply an infrequently used rule within Catholicism that has been around for ages. If you are going to attack the church with any credibility, at least do it with facts and fairness, or you'll lose your own credibility and come off as spouting your own reverse hatred (as MANY of the posts on here have).

  41. @v@ says – reply to this


    41

    Anyone see the irony of the church's stance on birth control and yet abortion being a no-no? Some feel that's ruddy misogynistic, and now they're offering a six day only sale on forgiveness?



  42. 42

    First of all, for those who commented "They get more and more ridiculous" these rules and beliefs have been around for over 2000 years, they don't release them like a musician releases singles.
    Secondly, believing in a religion does not make you a bad person and it is wrong of people to criticise someone for believing in one. Some of the most selfless human beings to ever walk this planet have had a strong belief in religion.
    Again, another fantastic example of accurate reporting on this website.



  43. 43

    Re: @v@

    Not sure what's ironic at all. First, they're temporarily delegating the process of lifting excommunications to priests. This happens all the time, its just that it's rare that it gets reported on. Any woman who wanted an excommunication lifted could go to confession at ANY time and receive the same absolution, except that they might have to go to the bishop instead of the local priest. NOTHING has changed.

    Second, the church's stance regarding birth control is entirely consistent with it's position on abortion. You may completely disagree with the position, but if you studied it, you'd find that it is at least consistent.

  44. @v@ says – reply to this


    44

    Re: DrTenochtitlan – If men could get pregnant, birth control would be close to a sacrament.

  45. @v@ says – reply to this


    45

    Re: DrTenochtitlan – Is fairness not allowing women, who are at least half of the great homo sapiens minds on this planet, into the clergy? The church has systematically alienated and oppressed women, and they are half of the pair that decides what they're doing on Sunday. Women are characteristically the moral compass of the family. Lilfelong I've seen women bend over backwards to keep families together in spite of increasingly lost and wayward males. I know far more better women than I do men, but they are denied priesthood and better. If the collection plate has dwindled, you need not ask why.



  46. 46

    FIRST of all, you will NOT be ex-communicated from the Catholic Church if you have an abortion. An abortion is a sin just like homosexuality, fornication, and foul language. If you pray, you will be forgiven. No one is perfect, and the Church doesn't expect them to be. You are ALWAYS able to repent of your sins, not just for six days. So if you are going to try to report something, at least be accurate and honest instead of a judgmental bigot who is prejudiced against the Church. Just because the Church may not agree with your lifestyle, you never hear Catholics talk about 'hating' anyone that is gay, or criticizing the PERSON; they only say that their beliefs tell them that their sexual actions are not what is encourage. So get the facts right instead of being a judgmental inaccurate bigot who is prejudiced against the Church, and stop promoting this "if you're not for us, you're against us", nonsense. Just being someone doesn't AGREE with your lifestyle, doesn't mean you have the right to attack them. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs an opinions. No one is calling you a heathen or telling you that you are going to Hell, so stop persecuting the Church. Thanks.



  47. 47

    A ridiculous one-sided blurb of an article. Completely biased based on his personal bad experiences with the Catholic Church. This is just dumb and shouldn't even be on this website.



  48. 48

    Re: Fashion Slave – You're wrong, anyone can get excommunicated from church, anyone who has been baptized by the church, in fact if you get divorced you can get excommunicated immediatly.



  49. 49

    Further, there are the following exceptions to automatic excommunication:

    Can. 1323 The following are not subject to a penalty when they have violated a law or precept:

    1. a person who has not yet completed the sixteenth year of age;
    2. a person who without negligence was ignorant that he or she violated a law or precept; inadvertence and error are equivalent to ignorance;
    3. a person who acted due to physical force or a chance occurrence which the person could not foresee or, if foreseen, avoid;
    4. a person who acted coerced by grave fear, even if only relatively grave, or due to necessity or grave inconvenience unless the act is intrinsically evil or tends to the harm of souls;
    5. a person who acted with due moderation against an unjust aggressor for the sake of legitimate self defense or defense of another;
    6. a person who lacked the use of reason, without prejudice to the prescripts of cann. 1324, §1, n. 2 and 1325;
    7. a person who without negligence thought that one of the circumstances mentioned in nn. 4 or 5 was present.



  50. 50

    Re: Get Stuffed – It's cute that you feel the need to reply with various "insults" when I merely made a point. It's also naive of you to assume I'm a Catholic; I never said I was. And I am not a deadbeat, thank you very much, I'm about to start a law degree and actually spend a lot of time studying, more so than you can apparently say since you find the time to continuously comment on this one article. Go and read a book.