U2 lead singer Bono received a lot of criticism this spring for supporting Irish abortion activists’ efforts to legalize abortion.
Then, on Wednesday, the star received a private audience with Pope Francis. Breitbart reports the two did not talk about abortion, even though Catholic Church teaching strongly condemns the violence of abortion on unborn babies.
In their half hour together, Bono said he and the pope “let the conversation go where it wanted to go,” and Pope Francis was “incredibly gracious with his time, his concentration.”
They did discuss the sexual abuse scandal that is rocking the Catholic Church but not abortion, even though Pope Francis has been outspoken against it.
According to the report:
After his papal audience Wednesday, Bono told reporters he had explained to Francis that to some observers it looks like “the abusers are being more protected than the victims,” in reference to the recent scandals dealing with clerical sex abuse.
Bono reported that he could “see the pain” in the pope’s face. “I felt he was sincere, and I think he’s an extraordinary man for extraordinary times,” Bono said.
… Bono told reporters Wednesday that he and the pope see eye to eye on many things and appreciate each other.
“We haven’t figured out what we are going to do together,” Bono said, “but we sort of have a crush on each other.”
In May, Bono and his band publicly urged Irish voters to repeal the pro-life Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion. The country later did vote to repeal the pro-life amendment. Leaders currently are pushing a bill to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks and later in a wide variety of circumstances. They also want to force taxpayers to fund abortions and to force Catholic hospitals to abort unborn babies.
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Bono, Dave “Edge” Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., who hail from Ireland, told The Times that they agreed together to help promote the campaign to legalize abortion in their home country.
“I think we have acknowledged that it’s a very emotive issue and I think that we acknowledged that there are strong feelings on both sides in Ireland. I am in favour of repealing, but I do understand why people might have a problem with that. The important thing is to vote,” Evans said.
The band also shared an Instagram post asking Irish voters to repeal the pro-life amendment.
Frontman Bono also once described pro-abortion billionaire George Soros as “one of my great heroes.”