The positions of Pope Francis in some social aspects such as poverty or immigration are much more advanced than those of his predecessors and naturally accompany the changes in society. In others, however, there has not been the slightest change nor is there expected to be. This morning, in his traditional general audience on Wednesdays, Francisco has launched some very tough words against abortion. Even when the intervention is caused by medical problems of the fetus. A practice that is not justified and, according to the Pontiff, comparable to hiring a hitman.
The Pope, before hundreds of faithful, launched the question awaiting the unanimous and immediate response of the assembled. "But how can an act that suppresses an innocent and unarmed life at its birth be therapeutic, civil, or simply human? I ask you: is it fair to 'take' a human life to solve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hit man to solve a problem? It is not possible, it is not fair to 'remove' a human being, even a small one, to solve a problem. It's like hiring an assassin to solve a problem, "the Pope said before the faithful in the Vatican.
When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he already showed himself to be a firm anti-abortionist who even opposed his practice in cases of rape. On September 12, 2012, six months before being elected Pope, he criticized a ruling of the Argentine Supreme Court that, based on the case of a 15-year-old girl raped by her stepfather, determined that abortions for rape are not punishable. "The laws shape the culture of the people and legislation that does not protect life favors a 'culture of death," he said after criticizing the Court for having "exceeded its powers by calling for protocols to be approved."
Last June the Pope already compared selective abortion with Nazi crimes to achieve the purity of the race. "Do you wonder why we do not see so many dwarves on the street today? Because the protocol of so many doctors -takes, not all- is to ask the question: 'Do they come badly?' I say it with pain. In the last century everyone was scandalized by what the Nazis did to cure the purity of the race. Today we do the same, but with white gloves, "he said at a meeting with Catholic families.
In 2016, however, he announced that all priests would have the power to absolve women who have committed "the sin of abortion," because "God's forgiveness can not be denied to all who have repented" and "many of them carry in their hearts a scar because of that painful and painful choice. "According to Catholic doctrine, abortion is a very serious sin that involves excommunication and that can only be absolved by order of a bishop or the pope himself.
The Pope said Wednesday that "violence and rejection of life" that supposedly lead to abortion, come from fear. For Francisco, when parents discover that the child they expect has an illness or disability, they need "true closeness and solidarity" to face reality and overcome fears. But instead, "they quickly receive advice to terminate the pregnancy." "A sick child is like anyone in need of the earth, like an old man who needs assistance, like so many poor people who have difficulties to live: he, who presents himself as a problem, is really a gift from God that can get me out of the Selfishness and make me grow in love. Vulnerable life tells us the way out, the way to save ourselves from an existence folded back on itself and discover the joy of love, "continued the Pontiff.