Pope says abortion is like hiring ‘contract killer’

Blanche Robertson
October 11, 2018

Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to "hiring a "hit man" to eliminate a problematic person, in comments sure to be welcomed by conservative Catholics who have accused the pontiff of not speaking out enough on "cultural war" issues".

"I ask you: Is it right to "take out" a human life to solve a problem?"

In opposition to the argument that people justify abortion as respecting other rights, he said, "How can an act that suppresses innocent and defenseless life as it blossoms be therapeutic, civil or simply human?".

"No!" the crowd shouted in response.

"One could say that all the evil done in the world is summarized in this: contempt for life", Pope Francis told the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. "We can not despise what God so loved!"

Francis complained to worshippers about the devaluing of life.

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"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".

Mentioning saints from Krakow such as Stanislaus, Queen Hedwig, Albert and Faustina, Pope Francis said Pope John Paul learned from them about the boundless dedication to Christ and the great sensitivity for every man, which, he said, were manifested in his priestly, episcopal and papal ministry.

Even though he is widely considered more liberal than his predecessors, Francis has not changed church teachings on family planning and sex.

"It is fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of a pregnancy doctors do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first idea is: 'Let's send it away, '" he said in June, USA Today reported. He denounced abortion at the time, and likened it to the "white glove" equivalent to Nazi-era eugenics practices.

The pontiff's earlier comments came just days after the lower house in Argentina, the Pope's homeland and a majority Catholic nation, approved a bill to legalise elective abortion.

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