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Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology, was quoted in a Washington Post story on Pope Francis's statement about forgiveness for women who have abortions. See below.

Pope Francis emphasizes forgiveness for women who have abortions

From: Washington Post
Date: Sept. 1, 2015
Author: Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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Chad Pecknold, a theologian at Catholic University, said the letter was a “typical Francis move” in that it was emphasizing mercy rather than judgment on a topic. Also, with videos related to Planned Parenthood practices surfacing, “a lot of Catholics threw up their hands and said: ‘Why isn’t the Holy Father saying anything?’ This is him saying something. He is saying: ‘Abortion is a grave sin’.”

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