Pope Francis, the right to life and the Media

Well like everyone else, we have been enjoying the summer, and so we have not had a recent post. But we are now are back with some comments on the latest media distortion. As usual this concerns Pope Francis. The media and the cultural left ( but I repeat myself) are constantly pursuing a narrative that Pope Francis somehow regards abortion as a “hot button “ issue he would prefer to avoid. The latest occasion of this fiction are recent reports outlining the Pope’s visit to a cemetery for unborn children in South Korea. While to be sure most media outlets reported that the Pope in fact visited the cemetery for the unborn (itself a statement about the humanity of the unborn) the reports note that he has not spoken about this abortion very much and in fact would like to sort of deemphasize this particular teaching . An example of this can be seen in the AP news wire report which you can read at this site .


I would make 3 comments:
First on some level it is good that the AP reports this at all, so be thankful for small favors.
Second it is manifestly wrong that the Pope has preferred to avoid talking about abortion. In fact he has mentioned in at least as many times as the two previous Popes. We have pointed this out before but we will do so again: Specifically he discussed it in his apostolic exhortation Evangeli Gaudium where he said:
Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless 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 defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.”
He mentioned it as well in an April 11th Papal audience when he said:
One of the gravest risks our epoch faces, amid the opportunities offered by a market equipped with every technological innovation, is the divorce between economics and morality, the basic ethical norms of human nature are increasingly neglected. It is therefore necessary to express the strongest possible opposition to every direct attack on life, especially against the innocent and defenseless, and the unborn in a mother’s womb is the example of innocence par excellence. Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: “Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes” (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, n. 51)
You can read the whole thing at this site here.
I could go on, He expressed support for the March for Life in the United States as well which you can read about here .


He met with the Italian Pro-lIfe Marchers during their March which is reported here.
It should be pretty clear that the Catholic Church regards abortion not as a “hot button issue” but as a heinous moral crime. I dare say this is not even controversial among practicing Catholics.
One wonders why the media keeps making this mistake. (Or persists in this lie, which perhaps is a less charitable but more likely characterization). Aside from the misguided notion that the Church will somehow change its teaching, I think there is an ongoing confusion that abortion is wrong in the same way that sins against chastity are wrong, that it is somehow like contraception, or opposition to “ gay marriage” etc. I would suggest we disabuse the left of this notion. Abortion is linked to sex only in so far as sexual immorality may be a cause for unwanted pregnancy and therefore provides a context for the sin to occur, but abortion is not a “sex” sin. It is rather a sin against justice, it is murder. The Church opposes it because reason dictates that a human in utero has the same value as one ex utero and that it is an offense against justice to kill them. It is wrong to kill an 80 year old, a 50 year old, a teenager, and infant and an infant in utero. It is really that simple. This teaching will not change ever. It will be proclaimed vigorously until the second coming.
Occasionally we will disagree with the Pope on technical issues of economic, but we should all remember economic issues are mostly about “how” to solve the problem of scarcity, that the world has unlimited wants but limited material goods. How to balance these wants with the actual availability of material goods is mostly a technical question like how to cure lung cancer. Catholics may disagree about technical aspects of this question so long as we agree on the principles that material goods are far less important than spiritual ones, and we have a moral duty to help the poor. We can divide into “liberal economists” and conservative economists and all remain loyal to the Church. Abortion is not like this. If you are for the murder of legal murder of unborn children you are advocating an abdominal crime according to this Pope an every Pope.
Let us pray for the souls of those who do not yet understand this, particularly those in the media.


Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

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