Modernisers and progressives will not change the Church’s doctrine on abortion, writes Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium

Early in his pontificate Pope Francis’ made a statement on contraception, abortion and homosexuality which was gravely misrepresented by the media and dissenting Catholics.  The US pro-abortion group NARAL even went as far as to thank the Holy Father. Pope Francis has used his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium to set the record straight and re-iterate that modernisers and progressives will not change the Church’s doctrine on abortion.

213. Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defence of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.[176]

214. Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?

Protect the Pope comment: Pope Francis sets the whole issue of killing babies through abortion within the context of human rights, clearly setting out the truth that all human rights are founded on respect for the fundamental human right to life. Once the right to life is violated by the state then all human rights cease to be inalienable and become the gift of the arbitrary will of politicians and judges. Paraphrasing  Niemöller

First they came for the unborn babies
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a baby

Then they came for the comatose,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t comatose.

Then they came for the elderly,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t elderly.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html#_ftn176

1 comment to Modernisers and progressives will not change the Church’s doctrine on abortion, writes Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium

  • Wake Up England

    Talk’s Cheap, Your Holiness:

    The Irish bishops (who allow abortions in their “Catholic” hospitals) appear to be singing from a rather different ( pro-abortion hymn book. So do the nuns who nurse in these Irish abortion-providing hospitals.

    Can The Pope explain this APALLING FACT in light of his new Exhortation? Surely someone must have told him what’s going on? If they haven’t, perhaps he ought to read this blog to find out what’s actually going-on “on the ground”.

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