Pope Francis announced Tuesday that he’d be opening a special “mercy” window for women who’ve had abortions to confess and be forgiven by the Roman Catholic Church.

According to CNN, the announcement will give priests full authority to absolve Catholic women of their guilt surrounding an act that the church considers to be a serious “moral evil.”

“The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented,” the Pope said, adding that he has met “many women” scarred by the “agonizing and painful” act of having an abortion.

The Mercy Year starts December 8.

The new sentiment brings into question the influence religious leaders have on their followers when it comes to personal issues, namely, their sex lives.

Whether it’s swaying your decisions about sex before marriage, or even the type of people you decide to become involed with, does your religious leader play a big role in your decisions when it comes to your sex life? Let us know.

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