Let the Little Children Come to Me

Here is my latest article for Aleteia in which I summarize Pope Francis’ pro life message this week.

Over the last week, we have seen the Pope’s continued emphasis on the preciousness of children and the sanctity of life. On Sunday’s celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, the Sistine Chapel was full for the traditional ceremony in which the Pope conducts infant baptisms. In a positive pro-life message, he told the parents not to worry if their babies were noisy: “The choir sings, but the most beautiful singing is children making noise!” In a natural and wholesome way, he also encouraged women to breastfeed their babies, because they were the most important ones there.

On Monday, in an address to Vatican diplomats, Pope Francis spoke out forcefully against the horror of abortion saying, “It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” His comments were in the context of criticism of a “throwaway culture” where even human life is disposable. Not only in abortion, but in abuse, child soldiers and human trafficking children are used, abused and then thrown away.

Some Catholics have criticized Pope Francis for not speaking out more against abortion. This is shortsighted; abortion is a terrible crime, but as Pope Francis is teaching us, abortion is a symptom of a much deeper disease in our culture – a disease in which all human life is regarded as a disposable commodity.

Read the whole article here.