Pope Francis has reiterated to the world press that the Catholic Church believes “abortion is murder,” saying it is something the Church cannot accept.
Speaking aboard a flight back to Rome from central Europe on Wednesday, Francis, 84, was instrumental in his belief that abortion is murder and that even a week-old embryo is a human life that must be protected.
“The problem of abortion, abortion is more than a problem, abortion is murder,” he said. “Scientifically, it’s a human life. The textbooks teach us that. But is it right to take it away to solve a problem? And that’s why the Church is so strict on this issue because it is a kind of like accepting that is accepting daily murder. “
The Pope also weighed in on the debate over whether Catholic politicians who support the right to abortion should be denied Communion, stating that he has never denied the Eucharist to anyone and that the issue should be treated in a pastoral way.
“If we look at the history of the church, we see that whenever the bishops have not acted like shepherds in the face of a problem, they have aligned themselves with political life, with political problems,” said the Pope to the journalists who traveled with him. him.
“What should the pastor do? To be a shepherd, not to condemn everywhere… but to be a pastor. But is he also a pastor of the excommunicated? Yes, he’s the pastor, and … he’s got to be a shepherd like God. And God’s style is closeness, compassion and tenderness, ”the Pope said.
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As CBN News reported last summer, the bishops of the United States discussed whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, including President Joe Biden, the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Climate Tsar John Kerry, should be denied Communion for their views.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) agreed in June that it would not advance a policy to deny communion to pro-choice politicians.
However, the conference doctrine committee will be drafting a statement on the meaning of fellowship in the life of the church for consideration, possibly at a face-to-face meeting in November.
Francis did not go into the details of the discussion that took place in the United States, but chose to address only “the principle of the matter.” He said he had never refused Communion to anyone, adding that although he did not know if Catholics who supported the right to abortion had ever asked him for Communion, he did not. “never refused the Eucharist, since the time when I was a priest”.
However, the Pope has been clear on his pro-life stance, saying the embryo is “human life” and “abortion is homicide”. He praised Catholic anti-abortion activism because abortion “is kind of like daily murder is accepted,” he said.
As CBN’s Faithwire reported earlier this month, Biden, who has been described by the White House as a “devout Catholic,” said he “doesn’t agree” that human life begins at conception.
Biden made the comments at a press conference when asked about the pro-life law implemented last week in Texas. He told reporters he was “a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade,” and argued that the legislation – SB 8 – “creates a system of self-defense where people get rewards for going out, and, of anyway”.
“I respect people who don’t support Roe v. Wade, I respect their opinions,” the president said. “I respect those who believe that life begins at conception and all – I respect that, I don’t agree, but I respect that. I’m not going to force this on people.”
This comment, however, goes against the teaching of the Catholic Church to which Biden belongs.
The official doctrine of the Church stipulates that human life “must be absolutely respected and protected from the moment of conception”.
“From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every being innocent of life”, according to the Catechism, taken from Jeremiah 1: 5 , which states: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you.”
Some church leaders are still concerned about Biden’s support for abortion.
Since taking office, Biden has targeted rules that protect unborn children, including Mexico City’s policy that prohibited U.S. taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions abroad. He had previously opposed efforts to end this policy.
The President also changed his position on the Hyde Amendment which had prevented US taxpayer money from being used to abort babies in the United States.
Recently, Biden asked the Department of Justice to try to find a way to block the enforcement of the Texas heartbeat law. The department announced last week that it was suing Texas over its law that would effectively ban most abortions in Lone Star State. In addition, the DOJ is also seeking an immediate order from a federal court asking a judge to declare the law invalid, “to prohibit its application and to protect the rights that Texas has violated.”
In 2018, Pope Francis condemned the act of abortion as if it were to hire “a hitman”.
“To terminate a pregnancy is like eliminating someone,” he said during a speech at the Vatican. “Getting rid of a human being is like hiring a hitman to solve a problem. Is it just hiring a hitman to solve a problem?
“How can an act that destroys innocent life be therapeutic, civil or even human?” ” He asked.