After consulting with the Canonists of the Chancery, I have confirmed that the faculties granted to all priests of the Buffalo Diocese include the faculty of remitting the excommunication attached to the procurement of abortion. This has been the case in our diocese since the 1980s during Bishop Edward Head's tenure. By extending this faculty to every priest throughout the world, Pope Francis is reminding us of the limitless power of God's mercy and compassion.
I know that the priests of our diocese will continue to welcome all those who wish to receive God's forgiveness and continue on their path of conversion. In anticipation of the upcoming Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Buffalo has scheduled another day of Hope and Healing for those touched in any way by abortion. This will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Christ the King Seminary; details are available on the diocesan website.