Pope Francis broaches a rare topic: abortion

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Pope Francis leads a procession after celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 24, 2013. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis leads a procession after celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 24, 2013. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope's remarks represented a departure of sorts for Francis, who has kept a relative silence on the issue as he tried to redirect the church's energies toward combating poverty and income inequality.

  • John

    Despite all the other sayings of this Pope, I do believe he is unwavering on this issue, and I am glad.

  • Frank

    Amen!

    Sadly Francis is not going to be able to stop the over 27,000 unborn children killed each week in the US mostly for reasons of convenience and comfort.

  • Doc Anthony

    The media will give Francis a free pass on his abortion remarks, as long as:

    (1) He doesn’t try to give that same abortion speech in New York City.

    (2) He continues supporting legalized gay marriage (de facto), and continues to silence the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on that topic.

  • beth

    Name 3 women you know who chose to abort a pregnancy just for “convenience” without thought to anything else. You’re just tossing around generalities because you have no first-hand knowledge.

  • Frank

    The statistics are there. Less than 6% of abortion are for rape, incest or the life of the mother. The rest are all rooted in comfort and convenience.

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  • Dan

    Unfortunately, a close friend of mine had 5 abortions for reasons of convenience prior to her Christian conversion later on in life. In addition, my three grown daughters have also shared how many of their friends from high school, college and church who I have known over the years have had abortions either because the biological father was only a casual dating relationship or because having the child would have interfered with school or career plans. It is all very sad.

  • Neon Genesis

    For the Catholic church to lecture anyone on the well being of children is the epitome of hypocripsy.