Pope Says Abortion “Horrific” Symptom of “Throwaway Culture”

By:  Warren Mass
01/14/2014
       
Pope Says Abortion “Horrific” Symptom of “Throwaway Culture”

During his yearly address to diplomats (known as the “State of the World” address), Pope Francis described abortion as “horrific.”

“It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” said the Pope.

The Pope’s remarks about abortion were made in the context of a statement that also lamented the plight of children around the world who suffer from hunger.

 “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,’” said Francis.

“Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as ‘unnecessary.’ For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day.”

A LifeNews.com report on this topic noted: 

This is just the latest example of Pope Francis taking a consistent and frequent public position against abortion and it comes less than 10 days away from the day Americans will mourn the loss of 56 million unborn children to abortion following Roe v. Wade.

Many reports in the major media have characterized this latest papal statement as an indication that Pope Francis has resumed teaching the traditional Catholic position on abortion, suggesting that he has previously softened on the important moral issue. 

Life News rejected the view of the mainstream media, however, referencing one of their articles from last September that explained exactly what the Pope had said. In essence, Francis stated that in addition to condemning abortion, the Church must emulate the mercy that Jesus showed toward sinners and be willing to forgive post-abortive women who had repented. He stated in an interview with America (Jesuit) magazine last September 30:

Click here to read the entire article.

Photo of Pope Francis at the Vatican on January 13: AP Images

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