Is the Pope Catholic?

I am not Catholic.  I am beginning to wonder about Pope Francis.  Well, not really beginning to wonder, I’ve wondered for a while.  But this new revelation takes the cake in my humble opinion.

The pope has given Catholic priests permission to absolve women of

the sin of Abortion.  This seriously makes me fear for the oldest continuous Western cultural institution.  Church doctrine sees abortion as Murder.  Is that still true?  Catholic readers, kindly enlighten me.