The Holy Father confronts the issue of abortion primarily as a pastor and father, who sees the suffering of his sheep.
On December 1, 2020, Pope Francis wrote some of his former students in Argentina about abortion, since his native country was in the midst of a battle over its possible legalization. The lower house in Argentina approved on December 11 a measure that had been introduced by the president. The Senate went on to approve it at the end of that month, meaning abortion through the first 14 weeks of gestation became legal in the pope’s home country.
In his letter, the pope said what he’s already said several times about abortion, “I suggest that two questions are asked: 1. Is it just to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? and 2. Is it just to hire a hit man to solve a problem?”
The Holy Father then lamented that his message isn’t heard. He said that it makes him chuckle when someone says, “Why doesn’t the pope make his opinion on abortion known in Argentina? Well, I’ve been making it known to the whole world – also to Argentina – since I became pope.”
In general, it’s not known what I usually say … people know what it’s said I say, and that thanks to the media which, as we know well, respond to partial, specific, or political interests. In this regard, I think that Catholics – from the bishops down to the faithful in the parish – have a right to know what the pope really says … and not what the media say he says. Here the telephone game applies. Johnny told me that Janie said that … and so on goes the chain.
In this light, here are 12 things that Francis has said about abortion and the unborn.