Every unborn child unjustly condemned to to be aborted bears the face of Christ – Pope Francis

During the same day that the BBC and MSM are broadcasting the falsehood that Pope Francis intends to change the Church’s teaching on abortion based on a selective misreading of his interview with La Civiltà Cattolica , Pope Francis has given his most powerful pro-life address yet as pope to the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations. The Holy Father made a special appeal to gynecologists to protect the fundamental right to life of  unborn children.

‘Each one of us is invited to recognize in the fragile human being the face of the Lord, who, in his human flesh, experienced the indifference and loneliness to which we often condemn the poorest, either in the developing nations or in the developed societies. Each child that is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who, even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born experienced the rejection of the world. And also each old person and – I spoke of the child, let us also speak of the elderly, another point! And each old person, even if infirm or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” proposes! They cannot be discarded!’

Pope Francis also appealed to doctors and nurses  not lose the personal and social sensitivity to new life:

‘Although by their nature they are at the service of life, health professions are sometimes induced to disregard life itself,” the Pope said. “If you lose the personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of a new life, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away. The acceptance of life strengthens moral fiber and makes people capable of mutual help.”

The Holy Father appealed directly to gynecologist not to participate in abortions:

‘Continuing his address, the Holy Father appealed to all healthcare professionals, in particularly those in the field of gynecology, which he said are “called to collaborate in the creation of new human lives. “Yours is a unique vocation and mission, which requires study, conscience and humanity,” he said. “A widespread mentality of profits, the ‘culture of waste’, which now enslaves the hearts and minds of many, has a very high cost: it requires the elimination of human beings, especially if they are physically or socially weaker”.

Pope Francis quoted from Pope Benedict’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate to explain the fundamental importance of protecting the right to life of the most vulnerable in society, unborn children and the elderly:

“On the one hand we see progress in the field of medicine, thanks to the work of scientists who passionately and unreservedly dedicate themselves to the search for new cures. On the other hand, however, we also encounter the risk that doctors lose sight of their identity in the service of life”. He referred to the EncyclicalCaritas in Veritate to explain that this paradoxical situation is seen also in the fact that, “while new rights are attributed to or indeed almost presumed by the individual, life is not always protected as the primary value and the primordial right of every human being. The ultimate aim of medicine remains the defence and promotion of life”. Faced with this contradictory situation, the Pope renewed the Church’s appeal to the conscience of all healthcare professionals and volunteers, especially gynaecologists. “Yours is a singular vocation and mission, which necessitates study, conscience and humanity”, he said.’

‘Again, Francis spoke of the “throwaway culture” that leads to the elimination of human beings, especially those who are physically and socially weakest. “Our response to this mentality is a ‘yes’ to life, decisive and without hesitation. The first right of the human person is his life. He has other goods and some are precious, but this one is fundamental – the condition for all the others”.

Reiterating that in recent times, human life in its entirety has become a priority for the Magisterium of the Church, the Pope emphasised that “goods have a price and can be sold, but people have dignity, they are worth more than goods and have no price”.

Francis asked those present to “bear witness to and disseminate this ‘culture of life’ … remind all, through actions and words, that in all its phases and at any age, life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science! There is no human life more sacred than another, just as there exists no human life qualitatively more meaningful than another”.’

Concluding his address, the Holy Father invited the participants to be witnesses in their professions of a culture of life. Your being Catholic entails greater responsibility: first of all to yourself , for the effort to be consistent with the Christian vocation, and then to contemporary culture , to help recognize the transcendent dimension in human life , the imprint of the creative work of God, from the very first moment of her conception.”

Christ, he concluded, is counting on them to spread the Gospel of Life.

Protect the Pope comment: Yesterday the pope was reported as saying in an interview, “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. The BBC and MSM have misrepresented the Holy Father as signalling his intention with these words that he is planning to change the Church’s teaching on the immorality of abortion. This is clearly untrue and misleading. In the interview it self Pope Francis makes it obvious that he accepted the Church’s moral stance on abortion when he states, ‘. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.’ But today’s meeting between the Catholics doctors and nurses was the time to talk about abortion, and Pope Francis made a powerful connection between the unborn child killed by abortion with the Crucified Christ. Pope Francis has told the world that every time a baby is killed through abortion Christ is killed again.

 

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2584/pope_francis_to_catholic_doctors_bear_witness_to_the_culture_of_life.aspx#.UjzBc4aThqM

5 comments to Every unborn child unjustly condemned to to be aborted bears the face of Christ – Pope Francis

  • Lynda

    The Pope – and all of us – need to say this “all the time”. We are mired in the culture of death – and that includes many baptised, and many in holy orders.

  • William

    Isn’t that nice…..a pope has to be forceful into condemning abortion. Has there every been a time when so many people are bending over backward to try and prove a pope is in deed Catholic. He presents Catholic doctrina as Dogma as obsticules to living a Christian life.

    • Lynda

      Yes, it is shameful that the predominant analysis from “within” the Church is intellectually dishonest (at minimum), absurd. It wrongly associates the Catholic Faith with that which is irrational, or incomprehensible. The Catholic Faith is wholly in conformity with human reason. God have mercy. The Church and the Faith are being undermined and held up to ridicule by those who suggest human morality is so inaccessible, or only attainable by a few.

  • ms Catholic state

    The response to the Pope’s interview was heartbreaking. People (on Twitter) were saying the Pope says abortion doesn’t matter….which translates as the silent victims of abortion don’t matter. It was as if the Pope were backing pro-aborts rather than their victims. The Pope’s beautiful speech humanising the victims of abortion the next day was a relief….but is it being widely reported?!

    I hope eventually people will come to realise from further words and actions of the Pope….that abortion is still a very grave evil with a tragic victim at its centre. Rather as it slowly sank in that no….the Pope doesn’t back gay ‘marriage’ either.

  • Karla

    Interviewer: Pope’s adherence to Church abortion teaching is clear

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/interviewer-popes-adherence-to-church-abortion-teaching-is-clear

    Cardinal Malley responds to Pope Francis’ La Civila Cattolica interview

    http://www.cardinalseansblog.org/2013/09/20/the-holy-fathers-call-to-mercy

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