Pope Francis praises Italy’s leading abortion rights proponent

Draws flak from church traditionalists, pro-life advocates
Pope Francis (left) has compared former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino (right), who is an abortion rights activist, to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman. (photo from Christian Today article/Reuters/Wikipedia)

Pope Francis (left) has compared former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino (right), who is an abortion rights activist, to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman. (photo from Christian Today article/Reuters/Wikipedia)

The following comes from a February 29 Christian Today article by Shianee Mamanglu-Regala:

Pope Francis shocked church traditionalists and pro-life advocates after he recently praised a leading abortion rights advocate and even dubbed her as one of Italy’s “forgotten greats.”

The pontiff made the statement during an interview February 8 with Corriere Della Serra, where he compared former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman.

Bonino has been known for decades as Italy’s most outspoken abortion rights activist.

At 27, she had an illegal abortion and then worked with the Information Centre on Sterilisation and Abortion which boasted over 10,000 abortions. There are famous photos of Bonino performing illegal abortions using a homemade device operated by a bicycle pump. Arrested for the then-illegal activity, she spent a few days in jail, was acquitted and then entered politics, according to reports.

In 2013 when was she was appointed Italy’s foreign minister, there was reportedly a general outcry from life and family leaders at the ”appalling situation.”

Pope Francis acknowledged that his statements were “controversial” but dismissed them, saying, “True, but never mind. We have to look at people, at what they do.”


  1. True Pope? Bite the bullet! Face the Truth. The masquerade is almost over. The prophecized Great Apostasy has been here for nearly 50 years. Face it and weep for your children, then get ahold of your self and pray that Jesus and Mary will lead you back to the true Roman Catholic Church, one practicing the traditional 7 Holy Sacraments in Latin, and the Tridentine Latin Mass. What have you got to lose, if you don’t seek Jesus and Mary? The loss of your soul and those of your loved ones for eternity.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      So what about the Eastern Rite Catholics and the Orthodox? Do they have to abandon their liturgies and head on over to the TLM and the 7 Latin sacraments?

      • YFC, you have the nerve to question what was in place for darn near 1800 years and to think any Catholic wouldn’t be disappointed with these sort of examples from this man is disgusting. The last fifty years of watered down teachings says enough and its people like you who spit on our lord while hanging on the cross. Yes our lord met with sinners but they also moved on and changed there ways. Shame on this sort of endorsement, shame. Thank You Doug, Many Blessings.

        • Your Fellow Catholic says:

          How does asking a question about liturgies in languages like Greek, which are at least as old, valid, and beautiful as the TLM “water down” anything? Why is that disgusting? Yes, I have the nerve! Please try to learn the ACTUAL faith of the Roman Catholic Church, which does not now, nor has it ever held that the mass must be in Latin to be valid.

      • Canisius says:

        No YFC we just have to turn the NO on its head and go back to what was working..if that causes people to leave the Church so be it.

  2. Elizabeth M. says:

    I can’t take it anymore. I’m so confused with Pope Francis. Am I in Alice in Wonderland? Everything is upside down. Does this mean that Margaret Sanger was one of America’s forgotten greats too?

    • Gratias says:

      Same here. St. John Paul II had a good strategy with his Culture of Life and stopping Latinamerican Liberation Theology on its tracks. But when you think they are gone they keep pulling you back in.

      I suggest that one Jesuit Pope is plenty.

  3. Is Pope Francis a Catholic?

  4. Linda Maria says:

    I saw this previously, in the news! I think our Holy Father really needs some good, professional advisors, to help him realistically deal with his very important, and holy job! People look up to him worldwide, and he must set a good example, with all of his words and actions! He really has made terrible mistakes, very scandalous– in many of his words and actions, especially in this case!

  5. Torture and Murder of the most innocent human beings for the convenience of others – violates “Thou Shall NOT Kill”.

    Doesn’t anything mean anything any more ?

  6. I pray this man is ignorant. What purpose does it serve with all the idiotic statements since the beginning of this papacy. Week after week we hear of Francis meeting with someone who lines themselves against Catholic teachings and why is this ? As Dolan and others have sent false messages here in the U.S. Francis does it from the Vatican and around the world. False messages equals false teachings so does that equal false teacher. Please someone help me to understand what is going on !!!

  7. drewelow says:

    when the holy father called her may 1st,2014 (an important feast day for her red calendar) to encourage her in her battle with a tenacious tumor, she told the news the following day that it as totally unexpected as it was appreciated. she battled the church since the 70’s on all fronts, abortion, divorce, euthanasia. this definitely reached out to the perifery and i think i saw somewhere that she was seen at one of the vatican audiences since then. it’s just hard to see how her work in africa(which francis said opened africa for everyone) managed to counterbalance her known 10,000 abortions and untold others that followed from example. but…

  8. DottieDay says:

    I’m beginning to think Bergoglio ought to send back his baptismal certificate.

  9. Canisius says:

    Please Neo-Caths try and defend this one……

    • Bob One says:

      For most, probably hard to do. But, can a person who supports abortion still be a good to great Prime Minister, President or Chancellor? If a candidate for President is in favor of a woman’s right to choose, can we vote for him/her if all of her other policies are better than his/her competitor?

      • Canisius says:

        Bob One once again you are 5 miles wide of the mark. she admitted and is unrepentant about 10,000 abortions she was directly involved with…. but a big No on all your questions….

      • Steve Phoenix says:

        Also, Bob One, Emma Bonino was so desperately eager to execute abortions, she used a bicycle-pump in employing the [crude] suction method of abortion. How medically recommended is that, Bob One? How many women upon whom she conducted her “medical expertise” died of sepsis or other complications, to say nothing of the spiritual and emotional wreckage left behind? She didn’t keep a record of those fatalities, did she?

        All dismissable, I understand, Bob One. It seems that neither are there any core values you hold that are not equally dismissable.

  10. Pope Francis has been quite clear about his and the Church’s position regarding abortion. It is an absolute evil. He nevertheless exemplifies God’s mercy and forgiveness and live for all, including all sinners. As hard as it maybe for us to understand how God works, we need to be less judgemental and much more living and merciful. The Pope is looking at her as a total person, not just as someone who is pro abortion. He does the same when he visits prisons around the world. Yes, God’s live for all is hard for anyone who is self righteous to fathom.

    • Elizabeth M. says:

      According to ABR. Cupich the Church defends dogma and doctrine, finds exceptions, and then tells you to follow your conscience. Perhaps this is what Pope Francis is dong.

    • Canisius says:

      Anon self righteous no, just not guilty of murdering 10,000 unborn that she has yet to show any contrition for, there is nothing good about this demonic woman, and God’s mercy is NOT at work here at all. That only works when there is repentance or contrition from the sinner and this woman has shown none of it. We need to be even more judgmental and accusatory against pure evil. I know its for you Anon you are liberal and your mind is already limited, but try,and embrace judgment….Judgment over Mercy Anon

  11. Francis has one goal, to destroy the Church.

    If there were such a mechanism he should be removed from office, escorted out of Vatican City and given a one way ticket back to South America. This man is an apostate and increasingly is showing signs of being an evil force, he makes a mockery of the idea of being the Vicar of Christ

    A full independent investigation should be convened to examine how this former bar bouncer became the leader of Christ’s Church, this did NOT happen by accident

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Wow I’m just going to guess you are a sedevacantist. You certainly despise the Pope and this Church, that’s for sure.

      • Canisius says:

        Not anymore than you YFC….

      • Guilty as charged Francis is a fraud, the faith has been perverted and if u cant see that then I suggest you start doing some serious research instead of posting inanities challenging people who know wht they are talking about.
        Perhaps it will take another Luther to wake up the silly souls who waste their time looking to apostate prelates [this includes most of the USCCB] for spiritual guidance. Suggestion talk to G_d directly, cut out the middleman.

      • Steve Phoenix says:

        It doesn’t appear that William Mayer is intimidated by the “sedevacantist”-demonization stuff nor the turtle-rattles and witch-doctor incantations. His position everyday is being made more credible each succeeding day by the Bergoglio papacy’s madness.

        • Dear Pope Benedict XVI was removed from office. Fortunately he is still in good health and living within the Vatican. He must give the Marxists pause, I think. I pray frequently for the continued health of the greatest theologian of our times. Fortunately, all his writings available as books that will last for centuries. Laudato Sii and the Sanctae Martae off-the-cuff sermons will pass fleetingly through the body of the Church, as they deserve.

  12. No pontiff in the past would do such a dastardly deed. This is a scandal, and it will certainly cause many Catholics to re think their condemnations of abortion. With terrible examples such as this coming out of the Vatican, one can easily discern that the Catholic Church is in serious trouble of dissolving quickly. There will be a remnant remaining because of grace, but the Church is definitely dying a horrible death.

  13. joe bryner says:

    There are no words that could adequately express my dismay.

  14. As a Jesuit college graduate, I have always believed that the last thing the Church needed was a Jesuit Pope. His statements become more confusing on a weekly basis. Then again, who am I to judge; certainly not Trump, certainly not the Pope My prayers, however, are with Pope Francis. The Holy Spirit did send him to us.

  15. Elizabeth M. says:

    Are you sure?

  16. John Feeney says:

    In the last presidential election, over 50% of the ” Catholics” voted for pro-abortion candidates. A while back, Pope Francis stated that Donald Trump is “Not Christian” because he wants to build a wall on America’s southern border. When will Pope Francis state that Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are “Not Christians” because they are pro-abortion?

  17. Linda Maria says:

    Maybe the Holy Father does not realize, that his holy vocation as Pope, is a big responsibility to God! Maybe he does not realize, that he must carry out his important role, for God– and yet privately, he may have his own opinions, which he should never share with anyone, but God! Are some of these modern prelates– TOO YOUNG– to grasp the grave importance, of their ADULT roles, leading Christ’s holy Church??

  18. Well friends please don’t be surprised by this, we new from the moment Bergoglio stepped out on the loggia that sad day the end of the papacy and Rome was over. This is a Argentinian Marxist-Leninist Jesuit, would you expect nothing else from him? Many Catholics have tried to make excuse after excuse for this man in Rome who by the way will not even call himself POPE! He hate the TLM ridicules pious priests and altar boys, the list can go on and on but there is not enough time to write it all down.

  19. FrMichael says:

    I’ve always told my active pro-life parishioners that the hierarchy sold them (us, I go out to the abortion mills too) out years ago. I was referring to the American hierarchy. But it was always comforting to know we had overwatch (you soldiers know what I’m talking about) from the Successor of Peter. Well, that position’s been overrun too. Hacking up tens of millions counts for little apparently to Francis.

    Never been a conspiracy theorist or expecting the Second Coming to occur in my lifetime. I’ve read too much of history, ancient, medieval, and modern, to be taken aback by some of the awful things that happen in our time. But if the Second Coming happens, I will no longer be surprised. It seems in so many ways the…

  20. FrMichael says:

    … Church has been abandoned by those who should love Her most.

    • Ann Malley says:

      The Church must follow her spouse.

      Our Lord was betrayed 3 times by Peter. This is to be expected…. but even so, it is no less painful. To look to the face of he who swore to uphold you until death (red shoes) only to witness a very decided disavowal.

      It is disturbing, but in the end the Immaculate Heart will triumph. She is the one to crush the snake.

      • Catherine says:

        Thank you, Ann Malley.

        Genesis 3:12 -15 And Adam said: The woman, whom thou gavest me to be my companion, gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said to the woman: Why hast thou done this? And she answered: The serpent deceived me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said to the serpent: Because thou hast done this thing, thou art cursed among all cattle, and beasts of the earth: upon thy breast shalt thou go, and earth shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.

      • Catherine says:

        Apparition of July 13, 1917

        “If my wishes are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, then Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, bringing new wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred and the Holy Father will have much to suffer; certain nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” – Our Lady of Fatima

  21. If you really want with all your heart to find and return to the true Roman Catholic Church, just put your faith and trust in Jesus and Mary by praying those intentions during your rosary, and they will show you! God will not refuse any spiritual thing you ask of Him that is for the salvation of your soul. There is a TLM Directory on the internet available for all to seek and find. Seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened says the Lord. Enough of the scandals, wolves in sheeps clothing, confusion, endless alibies, and the Great Apostasy. Find the true Roman Catholic faith of your wonderful beloved and respected Grandparents, the Roman Catholic Church that Jesus promised He would be with until the end of time! Save your…

  22. Mr. Mayer you are correct this “bar bouncer” who now sits in Rome was put there by evil forces and yes his intent is to destroy what is left of the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican II began the destruction long ago, Bergoglio is just finishing the job!!

  23. Flee to an S.S.P.X. chapel, F.S.S.P. or Institute of Christ the King, the smoke of satan is billowing inside the Church and Bergoglio is fanning it, pray to the Holy Ghost that Bergoglio be stopped now before millions of souls are lost to the Devil!!!!! RESTORE THE TLM NOW IT IS OUR ONLY HOPE!!!

  24. Thanks Gratias, I had never heard of that TLM directory. I do prefer the Traditio Directory.

  25. anne o. nymous says:

    Thank you, Doug, for your comment of March 1, of praying the Rosary. That is where the true solution resides; thanks.

  26. John Patrick says:

    I was taught the Catholic Faith by sisters and priests and will never change because of anybody spreading heresy. I have never heard of the Church promoting heretics before Vatican II and will never cooperate in promoting heretics now.

  27. Janek,
    Not only is the SSPX our spiritual refuge to find the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but also the SSPV and CMRI. Does the FSSP or ICK provide the TLM or Paul the VIth Mass? Being the last two groups you mentioned are loyal to Francis, one questions their credibility and how they may have been revised after having read this article and its negative blogs about their NON-traditional/liberal boss.

  28. Anne, Unfortunately for most people in the world, with the few (but growing in numbers) Roman Catholic Parishes practicing the unchanged traditional 7 Holy Sacraments in latin and the Tridentine Latin Mass throughout the world; most V2r’s are not receiving the true holy sacraments and their only recourse to stay close to Jesus and Mary is by praying the Rosary. Blessed Mother foretold this in one of her apparitions. This lack of the true holy sacraments explains why so many cradle Roman Catholics have lost their faith, nor passed it on to their children well because they haven’t been receiving sanctifying grace to be good soldiers of Christ. May God bless and help us all to see the V2 modernists deception, and to find our way back to…

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