We must challenge the media lies about Pope Francis being ‘soft’ on abortion compared to his predecessors

The news that Pope Francis condemned as ‘horrific’ the killing of unborn children through abortion during his ‘state of the world’ address has resulted in the MSM spreading the lie that Pope Francis is ‘soft’ on abortion compared to his immediate predecessors Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Just to be clear, over the past ten months Pope Francis has expressed or shown his staunch opposition to abortion 9 times, which I hazard a guess is equal to, if not more, than the previous two popes in the first 10 months of their pontificates.

Here is a selection of the lies, misrepresentations and half-truths circulating among the media

BBC misrepresentation of Pope Francis on abortion:

‘Since his election in March, the pope has not spoken out against abortion as sternly as his predecessors…Some months ago Pope Francis acknowledged that he had said little on issues like abortion and contraception.But he explained that he felt it was not necessary to talk about these controversial questions “all the time”.’

[Protect the Pope comment: In September 2013 Pope Francis made one of the sternest papal statements against abortion when he appealed to gynecologists to protect the fundamental right to life of  unborn children  with the words ' Each child that is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord..']

The Independents misrepresentation of Pope Francis on abortion:

‘Speaking in his annual “State of the World” address, the Pope finally bowed to conservative Catholic demands that he break his silence on what they call “the evil of abortion”. While he has never looked likely to change the Church’s position on the practice, Pope Francis has been much less willing to publicly rail against abortion in the same manner as his predecessors Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II.’

[Protect the Pope comment: Before describing abortion as 'horrific' this week Pope Francis had expressed or shown his staunch opposition to abortion 8 times, so Withnall's observation that the 'Pope finally bowed to conservative Catholic demands that he break his silence' is total nonsense. Also, Withnall's identification of opposition to abortion as 'evil' with just one section of the Church, 'conservatives', is just dumb. There is no diversity of views in the Catholic Church on abortion, as Gaudium et Spes states it abortion is an abominable crime.]

The Daily Mail’s misrepresentation of Pope Francis on abortion

‘Since his election in March, the pope, while showing no signs of changing the Church’s position against abortion, has not spoken out against it as sternly or as repeatedly as his predecessors Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II. Both of those popes often delivered sermons against abortion, which the Church considers murder.’

[Protect the Pope comment: Reilly ignores the fact that in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis wrote the following, '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.' This stern defence of the unborn child could have come from the pen of Blessed John Paul II or Pope Benedict XVI.]





14 comments to We must challenge the media lies about Pope Francis being ‘soft’ on abortion compared to his predecessors

  • ms Catholic state

    Someone suggested (jokily I’m sure) on Twitter that yesterday should be ‘Slap a Catholic day’ in response to Pope’s severe condemnation of abortion.

    It can’t be long now before the wishful thinking comes crumbling down.

    • Michael Petek

      ‘Slap a Catholic day’ wouldn’t be complete unless it were ‘Slap a Catholic and then scoop your teeth off the pavement day’.

      I’m joking as much as Someone on Twitter is.

  • William

    Someone close to the Pope needs to make clear to him the effects that some of his statements are causing. If the pope feels that he needs to be “pastoral” in a different way then his predecessors that’s fine, he is the pope. However, he needs to know that he is being portrayed as if not pro abortion, at the very least as tolerating it. The same goes for homosexual acts, etc. He and he alone needs to make sure this stops and is corrected. He is an intelligent man and he can determine how best to do this. But he has to do something. Because what he and the other bishops continually forget is the faithful Catholics who are scandalized by this kind of behavior and have had to endure this kind of behavior for decades. We deserve better from our shepherds.

    • ErnstThalmann

      Yes, indeedy. Instead of addressing his more aggressive stance against abortion to a cloistered and narrow audience as he did in this case, he needs to give it in a broader venue and where he doesn’t intentionally mislead as he did in the plane interview – or was the atheist interview – some months ago. I don’t think this pope does anything without calculation, even when it comes to his vagueness and apparent heterodoxy. Which pope are we to heed, the one that castigates pro-life “obsessives” or the one that gives presentations that find no MSM interest.

  • Michael B Rooke

    The following should be more widely known.

    NEW DELHI — A new study of women in India reveals that having used birth-control pills elevates the risk of developing breast cancer nearly tenfold, and having had an abortion increases their risk of breast cancer more than sixfold.

    Doctors at the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition Unit at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi conducted the study to investigate the association of various reproductive factors with breast cancer.
    “We found long-term use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP) higher among those suffering from breast cancer, 11.9%, compared to healthy individuals, 1.2%,” Dr. Umesh Kapil, a lead author of the study told the Times of India. Breast cancer is caused by repeated exposure of cells to circulating ovarian hormones, he explained, and long-term use of birth-control pills, which contain estrogen and progesterone, may contribute to the elevated risk.

    The abortion-breast cancer connection is flatly denied by Western cancer-advocacy groups. ..
    “At this time, the scientific evidence does not support the notion that abortion of any kind raises the risk of breast cancer or any other type of cancer,” the American Cancer Society website states, echoing the NCI. A fact sheet about breast cancer and abortion implies that the highest risk is for post-partum women who have recently carried a baby to term and delivered. It does not mention breastfeeding.
    However, the study from India comes on the heels of another major study, published in November in the academic journal Cancer Causes Control, which found startling evidence of a link between abortion and breast cancer in China.
    Twelve researchers from organizations including the Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital and China’s National Clinical Research Center for Cancer in Tianjin pooled results of 36 studies in 14 provinces and found that a single induced abortion is linked to a 44% rise in breast-cancer risk; a second abortion was linked to a 76% rise, and three or more abortions linked to a rise of 89%.

    Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/study-birth-control-pill-and-abortion-spike-breast-cancer-risk?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NCRegisterDailyBlog+National+Catholic+Register#When:2014-01-8%2008:35:01#ixzz2qTwb4xYK

  • Joseph Matthew

    He may not be Time magazine’s man of the year this time round but I am honestly beginning to think that we have got our Pope back. Not that he went away.As Deacon Nick has noted, Evangelii Gaudium has some wonderful things to say about the sanctity of life.
    Laurie Penny does not like him. And when Obama condemns him, we can return to a saner world.

  • Wake Up England

    I find it impossible to suppose that the scandalous situation in Ireland (Catholic hospitals promoting abortions and Irish “Pro-Choice” MPs being not only un-rebuked by their bishop, but being given Holy Communion by him) would have been tolerated by Rome during the last pontificate.

    It seems to me that the “Church Militant” ought to be renamed the “Church Hesitant”.

  • @William
    The Pope is well informed about the effects of his statements:
    Vatican Hires Global Firms to Modernize Communications, Accounting
    “(…)McKinsey will work on integrating the Vatican’s numerous media outlets, including newspaper, television and radio, so that the organization will be “more functional, efficient and modern.”
    This consulting work will allow the commission—comprising seven laypeople and one member of the clergy—to make recommendations to Pope Francis on better communications. (…)”

    Vatican hires world’s leading pro-homosexual corporations as advisors

  • Michael B Rooke

    There is a Canadian Website The Media Report that logs biased anti-Catholic journalism.


    For example
    TheMediaReport.com has identified 237 articles written or co-written by Laurie Goodstein in the New York Times between January 1, 2010, and December 8, 2013.
    74 of those articles have specifically trumpeted the issue of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. 0 have addressed sex abuse in any other religious institution.

  • ConofChi

    Be interesting to see how far the ‘Illegal abortion of female foetuses’ issue is resolved, if ever!!
    According to the BBC Pope Francis was reacting to ‘right wing Catholics’ in uttering what he said…….says it all


      “Right-wing catholics”, eh?

      As I remarked to Mrs (X)MCCLXIII only this morning, the BBC never referred to Keir Starmer as “the Stalinist Director of Public Prosecutions”. I wonder why not?

  • Michael B Rooke

    Most of the secular press are not only disinterested in the Catholic Church but they are frequently hostile.
    Accordingly their traditional fare is to report
    Stories where the Church can be mocked.
    Stories of division in the Church

    We should take note from the Penny Catechism

    94. Has the Church of Christ any marks by which we may know her?
    The Church of Christ has four marks by which we may know her: she is One – she is Holy – she is Catholic – she is Apostolic.

    95. How is the Church One?
    The Church is One because all her members agree in one Faith, have all the same Sacrifice and Sacraments, and are all united under one Head.

    Where possible Catholics should write to correct erroneous articles.

    We are instructed to correct erroneous opinions.

    322. Which are the Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy?
    The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are:
    1. To convert the sinner.
    2. To instruct the ignorant.
    3. To counsel the doubtful.
    4. To comfort the sorrowful.
    5. To bear wrongs patiently.
    6. To forgive injustice,
    7. To pray for the living and the dead.

  • Silvia

    It is important, above everything, to support the MOTHERS before condemning them. Can we guarantee that if a mother in a very distressed state will be loved, supported or cared if she decides to have her baby? Can we lend her a hand, look after the kid while she is at work, lend her money if she is out of money to buy her baby food and medicines?
    Women are frequently left alone after abuse, and love and support is needed to them. The more they feel they are supported, the less abortions will happen.
    I think this is the message of Pope Francis. Do NOT demonise a single woman or girl who is pregnant, and instead of condemning her, support and help her to have her baby in a loving environment.
    Can we do that?

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