“Like hiring a hitman”

Pope Francis compares abortion to contract killing

Pope Francis kisses a child at the general audience on Oct. 10. (Credit: Daniel Ibanez.)

In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis said that abortion “suppresses innocent and helpless life in its blossoming.”

“Is it right to take a human life to solve a problem? It’s like hiring a hitman,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 10, in a departure from his prepared remarks.

“Violence and the rejection of life are born from fear,” the pope added.

For this reason, parents who learn that their unborn child will have a disability need “real closeness, true solidarity to face reality; overcoming understandable fears,” he explained.

Pope Francis lamented that parents receiving a difficult prenatal diagnosis often “receive hasty advice to stop the pregnancy.”

It is contradictory to suppress “human life in the womb in the name of safeguarding other rights,” the pope insisted.

“How can an act that suppresses innocent and helpless life in its blossoming be therapeutic, civil, or simply human?”

“One could say that all the evil done in the world is summarized in this: contempt for life,” Pope Francis told the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Full story at Catholic News Agency.

Comments

  1. FrMichael says:

    Hey, way to go Pope Francis! While much of what he says drives me crazy, it can’t be denied that he is excellent at creating pithy quotes. This will be a good one to use walking the line at 40 Days for Life!

  2. Truth sometimes hurt’s but it is helpful

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