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Anonymous wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • If I had an abortion before I received Confirmation and have since begged for God's forgiveness, will I be forgiven?
  • Also, was the Catholic Church the first religion based on Christ?

Anonymous

  { If I had an abortion before receiving Confirmation, will I be forgiven and which one was the first? }

John replied:

The answer to both the questions is a resounding Yes!!

There is no sin which God will not forgive except for the refusal to accept forgiveness. In the Church, forgiveness is routinely administered through the Sacrament of Confession. God can also forgive you with out this process, but often times our remorse is not perfect. Through the ministry of the Priesthood, Christ makes up for whatever imperfection exists in our remorse. It is also a source of grace that strengthens us to stay away from further sin, and most importantly by hearing the words:

"I absolve you" of your sins

we also can begin to forgive ourselves.

Remember, while Jesus was hanging on the Cross, He asked the Father to forgive those who had crucified Him. The message of the Cross is forgiveness, mercy, redemption and salvation.

Dealing with your second question:

The Catholic Church is not just the first religion based on Christ. It is the only Church founded by Him. All other groups claiming Christ as their Lord are offshoots.

I hope this helps.

Under His Mercy,

John DiMascio

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