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PopeWatch: Pro-lifers

John-Henry Western at Lifesite News gives a few reasons why pro-lifers have small reason to love this Pope:

 

 

1) From the outset of the papacy has come an overt shift in focus on pro-life to other concerns. (“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods… I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”)

2) The sentiment has remained consistent throughout the papacy and has gone from merely interviews into official Church teaching in the latest apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate. In that document, he equated issues such as immigration and poverty with abortion in contrast to statements from previous Popes.

3) The approach explains the seemingly incomprehensible praise that Pope Francis lavished on Italy’s most prominent promoter of abortion, whom he called one of the nation’s “forgotten greats” for her work on immigration. Even though unrepentant and an abortion pusher making Cecile Richards look tame, the Pope’s praise for her has led to her speaking at various Catholic churches despite protests from pro-lifers.

4) Since shortly after the election of Pope Francis there has been a steady stream of population control advocates speaking at the Vatican. These include: Paul Ehrlich, the father of the population control movement; John Bongaarts, vice president of the pro-abortion Population Council; pro-abortion U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; pro-abortion UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs; and Prof. John Schellnhuber. The head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, who ran most of those conferences, is himself a population control advocate. Sorondo said on camera at one such Vatican conference that limiting births was an obligation of the Church – something he wouldn’t have dared under previous popes.

5) There have been numerous appointments and elevations of bishops and cardinals who are hostile to pro-life, alongside a demotion of strongly pro-life churchmen. Examples include Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago and Cardinal despite his reputation for telling priests not to join 40 Days for Life; Belgium’s Cardinal Danneels; Germany’s Cardinal Kasper; and Belgium’s Josef de Kesel. Demotions and removals of strongly pro-life bishops and Cardinals include Cardinals Burke and Muller, Bishop Finn, and Bishop Nienstedt.

6) He removed the pro-life pledge from the Pontifical Academy for Life. And now appoints pro-abortion members, one of whom recently said the Bible calls for abortion in some cases.

7) Pope Francis pushed for the passage of the Sustainable Development Goals and praised its passage without reservation. Pro-life groups at the UN, including the Holy See Mission, have fought the SDGs for years because Target 3.7 explicitly calls for “universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services.” The UN defined these terms at the 1994 Cairo conference to mean providing women with “modern contraception” for “family planning” and with “safe abortion” where it is legal.

Go here to read the rest.  Oh, the Pope occasionally makes a verbal condemnation of abortion, and then goes back to giving every indication that the fight against abortion is of little to no consequence to him.  It is no mystery why some of the biggest fans of the Pope have been touting the fake “New Pro-life Movement” since it is quite clear that the Pope is no friend of the Real Pro-Life Movement.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

7 Comments

  1. How much cancer is healthy? Pope Chastisement’s few pro-life statements are far outweighed by the truths contained in the Lifesite article. Simply diabolical.

  2. My guess is that if you truly believe that God won’t sentence you to hell then a persons conscience, malformed, is going to reassure you that abortion is not all that important a matter..or on the same level as so-called man made climate change, immigration and population control. It’s not difficult to be a popular Pope. Worldly popularity. It’s easier than defending Truth. Wide roads always are.

  3. Maybe it’s deformed humility? Just realized that if he swallowed the whole “I can’t comment on the sinfulness anything that I haven’t personally experienced temptation on” that might explain why he seems so violently opposed to talking on it; heck, he might be battling a sorrow over how he’ll never have children.

  4. (Me, I have no issue calling a spade a spade, even if I don’t need one! Given how often I’m accused of being more aware of the problem with sins I don’t have a sympathy for, when the evidence in each situation pointed the other way*, it’s obviously a popular attack. He has shown evidence before of being vulnerable to popular attacks.

    *when your argument requires pretending the unknowable interior motives of others are both OK to presume to be bad and as needful to fight as homicide, you’ve got issues.

  5. (“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods… I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”)
    ” and has gone from merely interviews into official Church teaching in the latest apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate. In that document, he equated issues such as immigration and poverty with abortion in contrast to statements from previous Popes.”
    John 10: Jesus said: ‘ … A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. …’
    The hirings, firings, dissolutions of orders, dubious ‘attacks’ on orthodox priests, and scurrilous activities in the Vatican (such as books taken from mailboxes and financial questions ) and on visits do not ‘one flock’ make.
    Jesus said a lot more about salvation of souls and about the poor always being with us. That lightening strike at the Basilica said a lot, too.

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