In general, a Jubilee is a time of celebration, an occasion for rejoicing due to something memorable and significant, for a signal and special event. As far as the Catholic Church is specifically concerned, a “Jubilee Year” has reference to a time of celebration and rejoicing because it is a year when extraordinarily grave moral offenses are forgiven after due repentance and observance of the prescribed penitential acts.
As a matter of principle, a Jubilee Year is proclaimed by the Pope of the Universal Catholic Church every 25 years – unless its observance is made earlier than usual for an equally unusual occasion worth celebrating worldwide. The Church’s well-kept records at the Vatican Library show that the celebration of Jubilee Years has been proclaimed once every 25 years since the year 1400. Let it be noted that this forthcoming Jubilee Year carries therewith three distinct major particulars.
First, it is qualified as “Extraordinary”, considering that rare concession it brings to Church people in need of particular concessions due to extraordinary misdeeds done. Second, it carries the other qualifying word “Mercy” such that the whole event is given the whole title of “Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy”. Third, it thus carries the over-all mindset continuously expressed and shown by Pope Francis in his fervent and repeated appeal for “Mercy and Compassion”.
So is it that through the forthcoming Jubilee Year that begins on 8 December 2015 which is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and ends on 20 November 2016 which is the Feast of Christ the King, the Holy Father grants a truly extraordinary concession in favor of those guilty of the heinous crime of abortion – the deliberate killing of the unborn through whatever abortive means used. It is not a secret that as far as the Catholic Church is concerned, abortion being a most heinous crime, those therein directly involved – such as the mother, the father, the physician, the nurse, the “hilot” – automatically incur the same abominable penalty of “Excommunication” that separates all those thus guilty of abortion from the spiritual life of the Church as a whole – a spiritual life sustained by Holy Masses and all other prayers and sacrifices in the Church from sun-up to sundown in the north, the east, the south and the west of the world.
The sin of Excommunication may only be absolved by Bishops and by Priests specially delegated by the Bishops to grant the absolution on the occasion of receiving the Sacrament of Confession. But during the whole Jubilee Year, Pope Francis himself grants that all the Priests in the four corners of the globe the distinct faculty to absolve those penitents guilty of abortion and thus have their horrible penalty of Excommunication accordingly done away with. Question: do the following also incur the heinous guilt of excommunication—those who manufacture, who buy and/or sell, who distribute and/or promote Abortifacients?