Pope Francis likened an abortion to hiring a “contract killer” or “hitman” to destroy another human being’s life Wednesday in impromptu remarks at the Vatican.
The Catholic Church leader has condemned abortion repeatedly in the past, but his remarks Wednesday are some of his strongest yet.
ADF reports the pope’s abortion comments were not in the text of his prepared weekly homily. Instead, he appears to have spoken from the heart about the pervasive violence against unborn babies.
“Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone,” Pope Francis said. “Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem.
“I ask you: ‘Is it right to ‘take out’ a human life to solve a problem? What do you think? Is it right? Is it right or not?” he continued.
Many in the crowd of about 10,000 responded, “No!”, Devdiscourse News reports.
“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. It is like hiring a hitman to solve a problem,” the pope said.
His homily focused on the “depreciation of human life,” a subject he has emphasized numerous times in the past several years.
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He cited wars, exploitation and what he called a culture of wastefulness, as well as abortion.
“How can an act that suppresses innocent life be therapeutic, civil or even human?” he asked.
Referring to abortion of unborn children with disabilities, Francis criticised advice given to parents who were told to terminate their pregnancies.
“Sick children are just like every other needy person on earth, just like an elderly person who needs help, or the poor who struggle to make both ends meet,” he said.
Francis this year opposed a bill that would have legalised abortion in his home country of Argentina.
Pope Francis often describes aborted babies as victims of a “throwaway culture.”
The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable from the moment of conception to natural death because human beings are created in the image of God.