On Wednesday, Pope Francis reiterated his stance on abortion.
He didn't mince words:
“Abortion is murder.”
Therefore, he said, the Catholic Church will remain firm in its stance on the issue.
On a plane returning from a four-day trip to Budapest and Slovakia, the Bishop of Rome took questions from the press.
As reported by the Catholic News Agency, he spoke of respect:
“Abortion is more than an issue. Abortion is murder. Abortion, without hinting: Whoever performs an abortion kills. You take any embryology textbook of those students that study in medical school. At the third week of conception, at the third, many times before the mother notices, all the organs are already there. All of them. Even the DNA. […]
“It's a human life, period. This human life must be respected. This principle is so clear.”
It's not been so clear to some parishioners in Washington.
Take, for example, the Leader of the Free World.
Joe Biden in 2019:
“[W]omen's [rights] and women's health are under assault like we haven't seen in the last 50 years. And we've seen state after state — including Georgia — passing extreme laws in clear violation of constitutional rights protected, including Roe v. Wade. And some have gone so far…to deny even any exceptions for circumstances that would involve the right of a woman to choose. And it's clear that these folks are going to stop at nothing to get rid of Roe. And it's clear to me that we have to…be just as strong in defending it. I support Roe. I support a woman's right to choose under that constitutionally guaranteed provision. And, quite frankly, I always will. ”
His views appear to have evolved:
In 2012, he accepted the Church's position “personally.”
The same can't be said professionally:
He recently commented on the Texas heartbeat law:
“It just seems…almost un-American.”
Nonetheless, he's a devout Catholic:
The President's also into palmists:
“Devout Catholic” Joe Biden doesn’t know what the Psalms are. pic.twitter.com/SxAPH7f5vg
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) November 26, 2020
Point of note: Biden's own press secretary's last name is Psaki.
Back to Pope Francis, he offered particular challenges to any who oppose the pro-life position:
“To those who can't understand it, I would ask two questions: Is it right, is it fair, to kill a human life to solve a problem? Scientifically, it is a human life. Second question: Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? I said this publicly […] when I did, I said it to (Spanish radio station) COPE. I have wanted to repeat it. … Scientifically, it's a human life. The textbooks teach us that. But is it right to take it out to solve a problem? This is why the Church is so strict on this issue because accepting this is kind of like accepting daily murder.”
Even so, Joe Biden has a fellow committed congregant on his side:
America is in flux. It appears what it means to be Catholic has changed, but perhaps only what it means to be “devout” has.
Even so, what constitutes life remains the same.
And the leader of the Holy Church remains clear on it.
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