It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has continued his strong defence of unborn babies threatened with abortion which has become a signature mark of his pontificate. During Monday’s “State of the World”  address the Holy Father returned to his prophetic criticism of the ‘throwaway culture’:

“We cannot be indifferent to those suffering from hunger, especially children, when we think of how much food is wasted every day in many parts of the world immersed in what I have often termed ‘the throwaway culture.

“That culture also affects the unborn child. For example, it is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity.’

Throughout 2013 Pope Francis spoke out clearly against abortion and made a number of powerful, prophetic actions.

May 2013 

Pope Francis meets the third annual Italian March for Life

Pope Francis surprised 20,000 pro-lifers on Rome’s  third annual Italian March for Life by joining them on the  Via della Conciliazione after he finished his first canonization Mass and the weekly Regina Caeli prayer on Sunday. Before praying the Marian prayer, the Pope acknowledged the presence of the group. “I greet the participants of the March for Life which took place this morning in Rome and invite everyone to stay focused on the important issue of respect for human life, from the moment of conception.”

August 2013

Pope Francis’ letter to Brazilian families for National Family Week 

In his letter to Brazilian families for National Family Week Pope Francis took up Pope Benedict’s and Blessed John Paul II’s warning of the threat posed by relativism to the sanctity of human life. which Pope Francis wrote is manifested in a throw away culture that disposes of people by labeling them ‘waste’. Pope Francis wrote, ”In a particular way, faced with the culture of waste, that relativizes the value of human life, parents are called to pass on to their children the understanding that this must always be defended, already in the mother’s womb, recognizing in it a gift from God and an assurance of mankind’s future, but also in the care shown to the elderly, particularly to grandparents, who are the living memory of a people and the transmitters of life’s wisdom.’

September 2013

Pope Francis meets the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

Pope Francis made a special appeal to gynecologists to protect the fundamental right to life of  unborn children at his audience with the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations. The Holy Father said, ‘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 meets the Pontifical Academy for Life

Francis met with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life in late September and reiterated his clear stance against abortion, as well as his call to bring the message of life to society in new ways. Archbishop Fernando Chomali told EWTN about Pope Francis’ words of encouragement to the Pontifical Academy for Life, ‘He told us to always remember that today we must go against the tide, because unfortunately the culture that exists does not respect life in all its stages, doesn’t recognize the value of life, but rather efficiency,” the archbishop said. “He told us that in being aware of this, we have great courage to continue forward.”

October 2013

Pope Francis prays over medical instruments former abortionist used to kill babies

Pope Francis prayed over medical instruments used to kill babies through abortion and gives his mandate to defend life to a converted abortionist doctor. Dr. Antonio Oriente, a doctor from Sicily who has renounced abortion, has handed Pope Francis the medical instruments he used to kill babies, which the Holy Father took back with him to his rooms in Santa Marta to pray over. Pope Francis also gave Dr. Antonio Oriente a ‘mandate to evangelize the pro life [message] and to defend life itself.’

Pope Francis address at Pontifical Council for the Laity’s conference on ’Mulieris Dignitatem’ 

In his address to the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s conference to mark the 25th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic letter ‘Mulieris Dignitatem’ Pope Francis said that while recognising the social and cultural changes around the role of women, God’s call to maternity remains fundamental to the dignity of women and respect for human life. ’Pope Francis said women’s “vocation and mission” today remain essentially connected to their capacity for motherhood, but warned against unjustly restricting their participation in the Church or civil society on that basis. Many things can change and have changed in our cultural and social evolution, but the fact remains that it is the woman who conceives, carries in her womb and gives birth to the children of men. This is not simply a biological matter, but carries a wealth of implications for the woman herself, for her way of being, for her relationships, for the way in which we lend respect to human life and to life in general. Calling a woman to maternity, God entrusted the human being to her in an altogether special manner.”

November 2013

Pope Francis’ homily about apostasy among those Catholics who promote abortion and euthanasia

During one of his homilies at St Martha’s Pope Francis criticised progressive Catholics for the human sacrifices that they make in order to conform to the spirit of the world, which must be a reference to their advocacy and support of abortion, contraception and euthanasia. The Holy Father categorised this desire to conform to the spirit of the world as the apostasy described in Robert Hugh Benson’s ‘Lord of the World’, ”And with a reference to the 20th century novel “Lord of the World” that focuses on the spirit of worldliness that leads to apostasy, Pope Francis warned against the desire to “be like everyone else” and what he called an “adolescent progressivism”. “What do you think?” – he said bitterly – “that today human sacrifices are not made? Many, many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them”.

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis used his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium to clearly defend the right of unborn babies to life and to re-iterate that modernisers and progressives will not change the Church’s doctrine on abortion:

’213-214. 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…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.’

Protect the Pope comment: Pope Francis is proving to be a very strong pro-life Pope who frequently speaks out in defence of unborn babies against the evil of abortion. In this, and other areas, Pope Francis is proving himself to be in direct continuity with Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Thank you Pope Francis for giving a voice to the most vulnerable members of our human family, unborn babies threatened in their mothers wombs by abortion.

 

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

http://protectthepope.com/?p=8301

 Pope Francis takes up Pope Benedict’s and Blessed John Paul’s warning about the threat of relativism to the sanctity of human life

http://protectthepope.com/?p=7912

 Doctor who renounced abortion hands Pope Francis medical instruments he used to kill babies

http://protectthepope.com/?p=8518

Pope Francis tells pro-lifers to have courage to go against the tide of the culture of death

http://protectthepope.com/?p=8660

Pope Francis says God’s call to maternity is fundamental to the dignity of women and respect for human life

http://protectthepope.com/?p=8719

Pope Francis’ criticism of the ‘human sacrifices’ of progressive Catholics must be about abortion and euthanasia

http://protectthepope.com/?p=9196

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

http://protectthepope.com/?p=9279

 

56 comments to It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day – Pope Francis

  • Karla

    God Bless Pope Francis for continuing to speak out against the horror of abortion.

  • iggy o'donovan

    Well Nick, I think that has put to bed any doubts anybody had about the Holy Fathers orthodoxy.

  • Chrysostom

    Thank you, Holy Father. The BBC news and the GRAUNIAD did not mention these anti-abortion speeches, of course.

  • iggy o'donovan

    Joseph, I meant exactly what I said. Europe is not imposing abortion on Ireland. If Ireland wants it that is her choice, just as in England or anywhere else. I was writing in the context of a referendum on our partipation in the Euro Community. Opponents were saying Europe would impose abortion. My point was they wouldnt. If Ireland votes for abortion that is her choice, but do not blame others. That should be clear

  • Joseph Matthew

    If you mean exactly what you said Fr Iggy, then, in the spirit of democracy, should there not have been a referendum on abortion in Ireland?
    The European Court of Human Rights determined that the law was not clear as to when abortion is allowed under Article 40.3.3 of the constitution. Ireland could simply have ignored the ECHR ruling-as other countries have done on other issues without penalty.Why did Kenny feel obligated towards his European masters even after Fine Gael had promissed not to legislate on abortion in the General Election of February 2011?
    Europe is not imposing on Ireland? Really?

  • Joseph Matthew

    Fr Iggy is best known for his “concelebrated Mass” in 2006 with a Protestant minister.Under the circumstances, he is not in a position to determine the orthodoxy of anyone. He clearly has a somewhat opaque understanding of the Holy Eucharist.

    • iggy o'donovan

      Joseph an interesting take on the abortion. The Eucharist???

      • Joseph Matthew

        Yes. If the Eucharist is a Protestant celebration of the Lord’s Supper, I see no reason why a pro-abortion politician cannot receive the Eucharist. If the Eucharist is truly the Body of Christ,that is a different matter altogether.

  • Genty

    Ireland, the secular government that is, has indeed made its choice. But what, Father, as a Roman Catholic priest, do you say about abortion? I note that you have said that Humanae Vitae is like the embarrassing uncle at a wedding and that we have been “bedevilled” [sic] by it ever since its promulgation.
    That’s a strong view. Do you have a strong view about abortion? Where do you stand?

  • It is a good thing Fr. Iggy avoids criticising the Holy Father or saying horrible things about others :

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/02/irish-augustinian-priest-slimes-pope-benedict-in-the-press/

  • Bob Hayes

    Off topic: An excellent pastoral letter from Bishop Philip of Portsmouth. The Church should not be seen as a ‘service provider’ and ambitious plans to help the faithful in our calling to sanctity. http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/bishop/pastoral_letters/becomingamissionarydisciple.php

  • nicholas Dyson

    Question for iggy does he believe that Jesus is present in the Eucharist, body,blood,soul and divinity?

    • iggy o'donovan

      Nicholas the answer is YES. Do You believe it too now that you have asked me?

      • Joseph Matthew

        In which case, Fr Iggy, how was it possible for you to “concelebrate Mass” with a Protestant minister? You did apologize for the “fall out” from the event, which is not quite the same as apologizing for the event per se. No matter. We all make mistakes. Pope Benedict made a mistake in his attempt at reconciling Bishop Williamson and he apologized once the facts were laid out before him. Why did you proceed to kick him in the teeth, so to speak, when he was down? Was it to please your liberal friends in the Irish media?
        What I am really getting at is why should we have any confidence in you given your history?

  • nicholas Dyson

    And yet you concelebrate with a protestant minister who does not?

  • Joseph Matthew

    Fr Iggy, would you with “enviable clarity” answer the following: Is Ireland’s new abortion law, the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, the morally right choice?

    • iggy o'donovan

      Joseph ,Nicholas asked me a direct question on abortion and I gave a very direct answer. in recent days i have been asked many questions on various sites (almost all hostile) on every concievable controversial topic. Look Joseph no matter what answer I give you, you will not accept it. You will find apostacy and heresy somewhere.When i told Nicholas I opposed abortion I felt that should be sufficient. I do not speak for anyone else but myself. I and my fellow priests have worked in a Church here in Ireland mired in sexual scandal over the past thirty years. If you go through my records forensically to find fault with my ministry no doubt you will find it.

      • Joseph Matthew

        But Fr Iggy, I am asking you if you oppose Ireland’s new abortion law?

      • BJC

        Fr. Iggy

        (1) “in recent days i have been asked many questions on various sites (almost all hostile)”

        You seem to be surprised. Why? We all want to know why priests like you have been pulling the wool over people’s eyes for the past 30-40 years and getting away with it. Let’s be very clear about this. You lot have been spending our money spreading your heresy, and doubt, and poisoning the flock. That’s people like my mum and dad, grandparents and innocent children. What exactly gave you the right to do that? [moderated comment]

        (2) “I and my fellow priests have worked in a Church here in Ireland mired in sexual scandal over the past thirty years.”

        Who’s fault is that? Ours? It’s the clergy that caused it and it’s 100% your problem. Who else created it but the “spirit of Vatican II” church that priests like you actively promoted. You are part of the problem, can’t you see that? You have zero self awareness.

        By the way, don’t try and blame it on the previous generation because I ain’t buying it. I bet if we took a straw poll of each of the offenders on their views about Humanae Vitae, women priests, homosexual acts, governance of the church etc the vast majority would come down on the liberal side. It’s a pity no one has done that particular survey yet.

        • Joseph Matthew

          Points well made BJC. And we now know the elephant in the room, to borrow a phrase from Mrs McAleese. In the US, well over 80% of clergy abuse victims have been adolescent males. Priests with such inclinations should NEVER have been ordained.

        • iggy o'donovan

          Sorry BJC (whoever you are) I have NEVER sexually assaulted a child. I do not know what you refer to but our correspondence on THIS sit finishes here

          • Fr. Iggy

            I don’t think BJC was suggesting that you (the individual) were involved in any sexual abuse. What he was suggesting was the the clerical abuse in Ireland was perpetrated by you (the clergy) rather than the laity.

            I think that was a reasonable response to your complaint about you and your fellow priests having to work in “a Church here in Ireland mired in sexual scandal over the past thirty years”

  • iggy o'donovan

    Apologies Nick I seem to have mixed up one of your correspondents names in the maelstrom of messages. Apologies Nicholas Dyson

  • nicholas Dyson

    Apologies accepted Fr Iggy but I really do think you should answer Joseph Matthew’s question

  • Joseph Matthew

    I have just been reading about a priest named Fr O’Donovan who told the Irish media that society has to cater for all beliefs and moral positions. Making abortion legal would thus make sense. A pity that Fr Iggy is not in a position to correct this Fr O’Donovan.

  • iggy o'donovan

    Nick when i am accused of being involved in the “sexual assault of children” as I was this evening by
    BJC i feel this is unacceptable. I am just surprised you do not moderate a comment like that

    • Deacon Nick Donnelly

      Fr Iggy, sorry about that. I missed it. I will definitely moderate it. I appreciate your measured response to this. Deacon Nick

      • BJC

        Nick

        Fr. Iggy twists what I wrote. I never accused him individually, that quite frankly is a telling porkies. To be honest it doesn’t surprise me though, liberals love to twist and distort what people say, it’s par for the course.

        • Deacon Nick Donnelly

          BJC,I must admit that when I read it properly I understood Fr Iggy’s objection. I’m sure that you didn’t intend to make a personal accusation, but just be a bit more careful in the way you put things. I also understand your anger, but don’t let it slip into ad hominems. Deacon Nick

          • BJC

            Nick

            I’m sorry, you’ve got this wrong. He is manipulating you. I was very careful not to accuse him individually and merely pointed out as matter of fact that during the “spirit of vatican II” era a minority of priests sexually assaulted parishoners children. That’s well documented as we all know. To say that I accused him individually is just a lie. He is twisting and distorting my use of the word “you”. Fr. Iggy owes me an apology.

          • Deacon Nick Donnelly

            BJC, please understand the strain that all innocent clergy live under as a consequence of the recent scandals. We are all looked at with suspicion, even by some parishioners just because we are Catholic clergy. The crimes of the few have impacted on how all of us interact with children and families. I have heard of some clergy refusing to work with children because they cannot bear the suspicion, and possibility of unjust accusations. I understand what you say about your intention but the use of the word ‘you’ is ambiguous, and in this context and with these sensitivities there can be no ambiguity. Deacon Nick

          • BJC

            Nick

            I realise you have a difficult job, but on this occasion I don’t agree with you. I don’t think what I wrote was ambiguous and I think anybody who saw the original comment would agree. It was very clear I was not accusing Fr. Iggy individually, and why would I? What’s the point?

            To be honest I’m quite upset by this whole accusation because to me this is an indirect attempt by Fr. Iggy to blacken my character. It isn’t going to stop me commenting on his posts though, because he never bothered commenting on my posts anyway, so who cares? The truth is he knows I’ve got the measure of him and that’s why he doesn’t want to engage with me. That’s the whole point of his little manipulation.

          • Deacon Nick Donnelly

            BJC, I appreciate the contribution you have made to Protect the Pope over the years with your insightful and robust comments, and I’m sorry that this exchange has caused you understandable upset. Sometimes I have to intervene in discussions when they get so heated. God bless you in your defence of the Faith. Deacon Nick

          • BJC

            Nick

            Fine. No problem, but I will be pursuing a retraction and an apology from Fr. Iggy. on future posts.

    • BJC

      Fr. Iggy

      Never said you did.

      And why don’t you want to continue this exchange? I’ll tell you why, because you have got no intention of being transparent and neither have your abortion supporting priest friends Fr. Brendan Hoban and Fr. Tony Flannery. As I’ve said before if what I’ve just written is “vile slander” then I invite you to tell them what I’ve just written and come on this forum to either confirm it or deny it. That would be true transparency.

      When it comes down to it you and your friends want to do everything in secret just like you’ve been doing for the past 30-40 years. All this talk about transparency is bs.

    • BJC

      Fr. Iggy

      You twist what I wrote to get sympathy and divert attention away from yourself. You owe me an apology. Why don’t you act like a man for a change and stop running away form the chaos priests like you have created in the church. I repeat, you owe me an apology and stop distorting what I write.

      St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, protect us from bad Bishops

      St. John Vianney, patron saint of priests, protect us from bad priests

  • Nicolas Bellord

    BJC: I do appreciate your excellent comments but on this occasion I do think there was an ambiguity and I had to read what you said twice to understand that you did not mean Father Iggy personally. Also Father Iggy has come back with some fairly orthodox responses; perhaps he has resiled from his earlier views? Perhaps we ought to give him the benefit of the doubt?

    • Joseph Matthew

      Nicholas, while I agree with most of what you say, I do believe that celebrity priests who have disparaged Pope Benedict AND the teachings of the magisterium in public, leading to confusion among so many, have an obligation in charity to recant in public.

  • BJC

    Nicolas

    I don’t agree. When I wrote it, I had it mind that I could get accused of saying that, so I made sure to say it in a generalised sense that excluded him because I knew he’d never been accused of anything like that. Don’t allow yourself to get manipulated by other people.

    The people who dissent from Catholic teaching are on a scale from 1-10, so it’s not a one size fits all policy. Where he fits in I don’t know, but his reputation isn’t good from what’s on the internet and from what Lynda’s said, so despite what seems to be an orthodox response to what the Eucharist is I’d still be wary – very wary.

  • iggy o'donovan

    Hi Nick, Thanks for your prompt response and indeed to all your correspondents. If I misunderstood the original message I am happy to accept that and am also happy that you restore the message in full. I hope to continue contributing to your blog (I do not have the technical expertise to run one myself) even if i am a bit of a lone voice. Best wishes and “procedamus in pace”
    Iggy

    • Deacon Nick Donnelly

      Fr Iggy, BJC and readers, since I founded Protect the Pope I have welcomed a diversity of voices to contribute to the robust and frank discussions. My only house rules are commentators should avoid personal attacks (though I understand that conversations sometimes run ‘hot’) and that contributors not attack the pope (though I do allow thoughtful criticism and expressions of disappointment and upset). Deacon Nick

      • BJC

        Nick

        Fine, I will leave it at that in the spirit of Christian charity. I guess what Fr. Iggy has written is an apology of sorts. There are no hard feelings on my part, Fr. Iggy. Let’s move on.

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