On Wednesday of this week, Pope Francis was speaking before tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square as part of his weekly address. During his speech he made some of his harshest remarks to date on abortion since he took the office of pope.
"Is it right to hire a hitman 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," Francis said.
Many of the roughly 70.4 million Catholics in the United States will likely be happy with the pope's statements. With Brett Kavanaugh's recent confirmation to the Supreme Court, many devout Christians are hoping that Kavanaugh's appointment will bring about the end of Roe v Wade. Roe v Wade was the 1973 decision made by the Supreme Court that stated abortion was a fundamental right protected by the Constitution of the United States.
The Roman Catholic Church has adhered to the idea that life begins at the moment of conception (many critics of course point out that God would be the most prolific abortionist of all then, given the percentage of pregnancies that end in miscarriage).
When Pope Francis assumed the office in 2013, he said in an interview that the church had become "obsessed" with various issues that were part of the cultural war. Abortion, contraception, and gay marriage were among these cultural war issues mentioned. It seems he is taking an increasingly harsher stance, given these most recent comments.
This story comes as Francis is floundering in the eyes of U.S. Catholics judging his response to the sexual abuse scandals rocking the church.
So while his approval ratings among U.S. Catholics may have been dwindling regarding the sexual abuse scandals, this new statement about abortion might gain him some additional approval points with at least some Catholics. This tracks with several of my past points about how Pope Francis is not the good guy that some have tried to make him out to be in the past.
Seriously, he is a shitty person.
I, personally, am pro-choice. You may not be for a variety of reasons, but I would like to hope that we can at least agree that a guy who defends an organization that protects pedophiles, and worships an imaginary sky-dictator who turns at least 20% of pregnancies into miscarriages should not be the one we listen to when it comes to abortion.