Pope Francis has been a controversial leader since becoming Pope.
He has changed a number of long-standing Church policies, usually to a more liberal stance.
He is also taking a lot of flak and pressure over the latest reports of widespread sexual abuse by priests and the Church’s alleged coverup of the sexual crimes.
Whether intended to be a distraction from the sex abuse scandal rocking the Church or not, Pope Francis just issued a statement saying that having an abortion was no different than hiring a hit man to kill another person.
(The Hill) – Pope Francis shared some of his toughest words on abortion to date during remarks to tens of thousands of onlookers in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, comparing the procedure to “hiring a hit man to solve a problem.”
In his speech to thousands of Catholics gathered in Vatican City, Francis asked the the crowd whether it was right to ever “take out” a human life, according to Reuters.
“I ask you: ‘Is it right to ‘take out’ a human life to solve a problem? What do you think? Is it right? Is it right or not?” Francis asked, to which the crowd responded “no.”
“Is it right to hire a hit man to solve a problem? You cannot, it is not right to kill a human being, regardless of how small it is, to solve a problem. It is like hiring a hit man to solve a problem,” Francis continued…
The Catholic Church’s stance against abortion has been a problem for many Catholics.
It was reported a few years ago that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was denied communion because of her open support for abortion.
It also has to be a problem for the newest member of the US Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh, a Catholic and supposed conservative, has stated that he believes that Roe v. Wade is a long-established law and that he has no intention of overturning it.
Consequently, many are already questioning just how conservative Kavanaugh really is.
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