DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2011-031
March 10, 2011
ALL PARISH PRIESTS, GUEST PRIESTS, PRIESTS ON LOAN AND MALE RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE
GRANT OF THE FACULTY TO ABSOLVE ABORTION DURING LENT
AND WITHIN THE EASTER OCTAVE
Dear Monsignori and Fathers:
By virtue of universal law, the faculty to absolve a penitent from the sin of “effected” abortion is hereby granted to the following: a) all parish priests, diocesan or religious; b) parochial vicars; c) guest priests and priests-on-loan in the Diocese and d) other religious priests exercising their ministry within the Diocese, taking into consideration c. 969.
This faculty is granted under the following conditions: the faculty can be exercised only a) within the territory of the diocese of Parañaque and b) during the season of Lent and within the Easter Octave.
You may post this circular inside the confessional boxes in order to remind the confessors.
With my paternal blessing and invoking the intercession of our Blessed Mother, I remain
In Jesus and Mary,
†JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D.
Bishop of Parañaque
MSGR. BENEDICTO S. AQUINO