from the Associated Press:
Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.
Francis issued a strong anti-abortion message and cited Vatican teaching on the need to defend the unborn during an audience with Catholic gynecologists.
This time he’s made a mess for the Associated Press. Nicole Winfield writing here seems non plussed that the day after his interview in which he told Catholics to stop being obsessed with ‘little rules’ he comes out strongly against abortion. I guess she didn’t get that for Catholics there are “little rules” and “big issues”.
Pope Francis didn’t say Catholics should shut up about abortion. He said that is not the only thing they should talk about. That’s because we’re supposed to be pro life not just anti abortion. We’re supposed to be concerned about the unborn child, but also for the woman in the crisis pregnancy and the conditions that got her there and the economic conditions that may pressure her not to have another child and the societal conditions that brought about those economic conditions and the broken home she may have come from and the abuse she may have suffered and the warped views of life and women that have been promoted and the trafficking of women and the pornography and contraceptive culture that got her into trouble and the man who impregnated her and what he’s like…
It’s not that he doesn’t want to talk about abortion–it’s that he wants to talk about much more than that.