Pope Francis compares abortion to 'hiring a killer'
Pope Francis compares abortion to 'hiring a killer'
Image The pontiff made the remarks during his weekly address in the Vatican
10 October, 2018, 19:22
Francis' comments departed from the prepared text for his homily delivered during his weekly audience on Saint Peter's Square.
"I ask you: "Is it right to 'take out" a human life to solve a problem?"
"Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone", the pope told the crowd, according to Agence France-Presse. We can't do that, it isn't fair: killing a human being, as little as he might be, is not the right solution to solve a problem.
"We can not take out a human being, even if it is small", the pope said.
Francis made his off-the-cuff comments on abortion, some of his toughest to date, in an address to tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his weekly general audience.
This rich heritage of John Paul II, Pope Francis said, is for Christians, especially his compatriots, a challenge to be faithful to Christ and to respond with joyful dedication to God's call to holiness in the daily specific personal, family and social situation of everyday life.
But he asked: 'How can an act that suppresses innocent and defenceless life as it blossoms be therapeutic, civil or simply human?'
"When during pregnancy parents discover that their child is affected by a disease, they need real closeness, real solidarity, to face reality overcoming understandable fears".
At the same time he took a non-judgmental stance towards women, who terminated their pregnancies due to hard living situations, as long as they sincerely wanted to absolve the sin.
It's the second time Francis, who is considered more liberal than his predecessors, has addressed abortion in recent months. "We do the same as the Nazis to maintain the purity of the race, but with white gloves on".
In August, he intervened in his home country of Argentina to advocate against a bill, which would legalize abortion in first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
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