VATICAN CITY, November 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a high level teaching document released this morning, Pope Francis has firmly responded to those who have expressed hope that the Catholic Church may one day change its teachings on abortion, writing, “the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question.”
“I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations’,” he added.
“I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations’,” the pope said.
Entitled “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel), the Apostolic Exhortation – a document which, while important, is of less weight than an encyclical – noted, “Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us.”
He lamented that, “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 defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence 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 said. “Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defence of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be.”
The document marks the pope’s most in-depth discussion of abortion since his election.
The pope added that it is important to do more to more to “accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty.”
It turns out that the pope still teaches what anybody with an ounce of common sense knew he taught all along. The only people who managed to convince themselves otherwise were members of the MSM and hysterical Reactionaries who seriously believed the MSM hype that he was somehow abandoning the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of human life.
On the bright side, nobody is pretending that this is a translation error and that it is totally impossible to even know *what* the heck the pope is talking about here. When the pope is saying what Catholics want to hear, all of a sudden he’s clear as a bell. They Definition Games only begin at the moment the Church starts saying stuff dissenting Catholics wish very much she didn’t.
It will be interesting to see how the dissenting Left ties to spin this bit of the exhortation.
It would be intriguing to see what happened if people attempted to listen to the whole exhortation, instead of emphasize the bits they like and explain away the rest.