by Steven Ertelt
December 28, 2005
The Vatican (LifeNews.com) — In his weekly address to Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI said on Wednesday that God sees unborn children as "full and complete" humans in the womb. His message strongly underscored the pro-life views the Catholic Church has against abortion.
"The loving eyes of God look on the human being, considered full and complete at its beginning," Benedict said in the address at St. Peter’s Square.
According to a Reuters report, the pontiff quoted Psalm 139, in which the author says to God, "Thou didst see my limbs unformed in the womb, and in thy book they are all recorded."
"It is extremely powerful, the idea in this psalm, that in this ‘unformed’ embryo God already sees the whole future," Benedict said. "In the Lord’s book of life, the days that this creature will live and will fill with works during his time on earth are already written."
Earlier this month, the Pope a conference of presidents of the Episcopal commissions in Latin America for Family and life that "children are the greatest wealth and most appreciated good of the family."
"That is why it is necessary to help all persons to become aware of the intrinsic evil of the crime of abortion that, in attempting against a human life in its beginning, is also an aggression against society itself," the pontiff explained.
The comments come ahead of key battles both in Italy and elsewhere.
In Italy, the Pope has endorsed a proposal that Health Minister Francesco Storace has put forward allowing government support for groups that help women find alternatives to abortion.
Meanwhile, in the United States, lawmakers in Congress will consider a proposal that would overturn President Bush’s limits on taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
The Catholic Church opposes the practice because obtaining the stem cells involves the destruction of human life. Instead, it supports adult stem cell research, which has already produced treatments for dozes of conditions and diseases.