Pope Francis told reporters that women threatened with the Zika virus, which causes birth defects, could use contraception. Abortion, though, he emphasized, is an “absolute evil,” which should never be committed.
This is extraordinary. It seems to me that if you make this exception, in which the end justifies the means, the whole fabric of the Roman Catholic ethical system and its reading of natural law, becomes unravelled.
Every time the Pope has said something radical, the Vatican comes back with an explanation that this is not what he really meant. We’ll see if that happens this time. [Read more…]