Pope Francis continued pressing pro-life themes as he has done in the years since he became the head of the Catholic Church. As news reports indicate, the pontiff said that having a baby is never a “mistake” and that children are a blessing from God.
The message is especially poignant when it comes to abortion. Millions of women who considered abortions are so grateful they decided to give their baby life whereas millions of women who have had abortions regret doing so and wish they could reverse their decision.
Children are never a “mistake” and no sacrifice is too great for an adult to make so that children can feel their worth, Pope Francis said.
During his weekly general audience in a chilly, but sunny St Peter’s Square today, the Pope continued his series of talks about the family, dedicating a second catechesis to children. He described the great suffering and difficulties many children around the world experience as “a Passion.”
Children are the greatest blessing God has bestowed upon men and women, he said. Yet, many children are “rejected, abandoned, robbed of their childhood and of their future,” the Pope noted, adding that it is “shameful” when people say it is “a mistake” to bring a child into the world.
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“Please, let’s not unload our faults on children,” he said. “Children are never ‘a mistake.’”
Pope Francis has drawn praise and support from pro-life people around the world as he has consistently spoken out strongly against the abortion culture, saying abortion is part of the same “throwaway” culture that wastes both people and food. That was just the latest example of Pope Francis taking a consistent and frequent public position against abortion.
“We cannot be indifferent to those suffering from hunger, especially children, when we think of how much food is wasted every day in many parts of the world immersed in what I have often termed ‘the throwaway culture,’” Francis said.
That culture, he said, also affects the unborn child.
“For example, it is frightful even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” he said.
In remarks that were less diplomatic and more a reflection of his own priorities, Francis called for the elderly to be treated with respect that their wisdom warrants, and for children to be protected from exploitation, slavery and hunger.
Last September, a day after an interview the mainstream media used to claim Pope Francis is backing down on the Catholic Church’s pro-life teachings, the Pope condemned abortion in strong terms, saying unborn babies are “unjustly condemned” when killed in abortions.
In the text of a message the Pope delivered to a group of Catholic last year, as distributed by the Vatican, Pope Francis soundly condemned abortion.
“Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world,” he said.
Pope Francis condemned the “throwaway culture” abortion promotes, saying, “Our response to this mentality is a ‘yes’ to life, decisive and without hesitation. ‘The first right of the human person is his life. He has other goods and some are precious, but this one is fundamental –- the condition for all the others’”.