I suppose I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to comment on the new Pope, huh?
There’s lots of talk about him taking the Church in a “new” and “refreshing” direction because he seems kinda cool and he used to ride the bus in Argentina. Well, don’t hold your breath folks. Just because he has already abandoned some of the fancy Pope clothes doesn’t mean big changes are in the future. Take, for example, the Church’s long held opposition to abortion (good segue, huh?).
On October 2, 2007 then-Cardinal Bergoglio told an audience that “we aren’t in agreement with the death penalty but in Argentina we have the death penalty – a child conceived by the rape of a mentally ill or retarded woman can be condemned to death.” He went on to say that abortion was a “death sentence for unborn children.” I can’t help but wonder what it must have been like for a woman sitting in that audience that day who had had an abortion. Even though this occurred in Argentina where abortion is basically illegal, make no mistake that there was a woman there who had had an abortion and she was now forced to hear the Cardinal talk about how she gave the “death sentence” to her child. Pretty harsh stuff.
So far, I have not heard Pope Francis say anything about abortion but rest assured that it’s coming soon. Indeed, the pro-life news service, LifeNews.com, has already reported that “Newly-elected Pope Francis used his second-ever blessing as the head of the Catholic Church to bless a pregnant mother and her unborn child. The blessing a symbolic overture to the pro-life movement and underscores the importance the Catholic Church places on protecting women and unborn children from abortion.”
I looked at the video that accompanied this statement and it shows the Pope in a crowd, surrounded by lots of people. They are kissing his hand and he is “blessing” all of them and one of the women happened to be pregnant. So, the pro-life media is already stretching things but rest assured that the new Pope will jump in soon on abortion.
I certainly wish the Pope well and I hope he uses his position to make this world a better place to live. But, as far as the abortion issue is concerned, wouldn’t it be something if when he inevitably condemns abortion, he also condemns the cold blooded murder of real live people who happen to perform those abortions? Once – just once – I would like to see a Pope (or a priest for that matter) condemn the violence against abortion providers. Indeed, for him it would be an easy one because no doubt the vast majority of Catholics condemn the killing as well. But I’m not gonna hold my breath.
That’s because the Catholic Church is locked in their ways and the new Pope will not stray far from the flock and stir things up. Indeed, just the other day I was reminded of the Catholic Church’s head in the sand approach to our world. I run a local charitable organization for needy children in my area. Right up the street from me is a Catholic Church which gives out grants to organizations like mine. Yesterday, I looked at the application and in big, bold letters it said it would not give money to any organization that was in any way connected to “abortion” (and to other causes like the “promotion of homosexuality.”) Ultimately, I decided I don’t even want their money.
Maybe the Pope can help change this dangerous, myopic outlook and take a more charitable view of those who do not necessarily agree with the Church. But I doubt it.
- Pope Francis Clear on Denying Communion to Politicians Who Facilitate Abortion (thegatewaypundit.com)
- New Pope Francis Called Abortion the ‘Death Penalty for the Unborn’ (joemiller.us)
- Pope Francis Clear on Denying Communion to Politicians Who Facilitate Abortion (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- New Pope: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians (conservativebyte.com)