Pope Francis compared having an abortion to hiring a ‘contract killer’.
In an address to worshippers in the Vatican, he said today:
“Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone… getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,”
His newest comments deviated from the prepared text for his homily delivered during his weekly audience on Saint Peter’s Square.
The Argentine pontiff complained of a ‘depreciation of human life’ in his address, and he cited exploitation, wars, abortion, and what he called a culture of wastefulness.
“How can an act that suppresses innocent life be therapeutic, civil or even human?” – he asked the worshippers.
A bill that would have legalized abortion in Argentina was opposed by Pope Francis this year, and a campaign group said that thousands of Argentine Catholics had renounced their membership of the church to protest against his opposition to the bill.
According to Francis, the devil is working to undermine the Roman Catholic Church.
He noted that Satan is to blame for the s*xual abuse crisis, and he asked worshippers worldwide to recite a special prayer every day in October to try and beat him back.
Francis has made it clear that he believes Satan to be real since he was elected back in 2013, and he mentioned him more than a dozen times in his document on holiness in the modern world.
A number of s*xual assault scandals have hit the Church recently, from Germany, to the U.S., to Chile. A deepening polarisation between conservatives and liberals in the Church has played out on social media at the same time.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican’s former ambassador to Washington published an 11-page statement in August in which he critics the Pople and a long list of Vatican and US Church officials.
He accused Pope Francis of knowing about the s*xual misconduct by a former US cardinal with young male seminarians but did nothing about it.