Great points. I’ve observed, myself, that there’s something especially crazy about a culture in which both infanticide and artificial reproduction are not just legal, but socially untouchable “goods.”
Abortion is an ancient practice. Moloch worshippers have been killing babies for millenia. Both Aritstotle and Plato advocated abortion. They believed in necessary and unnecessary abortion. Hippocrates added a phrase to his oath wherein the oath-taker swore not to induce abortions. Early church fathers, including Tertullian, Jerome and John Chrysostom deounced abortion as murder.
The problem is not a throwaway culture. The problem is wicked men dead in trespasses and sin.
Ow! I think I just got whiplash.
Bless his heart. Abortion in the modern world grew not from capitalism, but rather from Scientific Progressivism. But when your tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
That’s not what the times said.
About time he said something strong on the evil of abortion.
The Pope told a gathering of Catholic gynaecologists: In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science.
Pope Francis characterised abortion as a product of a widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.
That mentality, he said, calls for the elimination of human beings, above all if they are physically or socially weaker. Our response to that mentality is a decisive and unhesitating yes to life.
This strong and clear teaching on life and abortion by Pope Francis comes one day after the publication of an interview in which he warned that focusing on certain moral teachings, including abortion, could undermine the Churchs efforts to preach the Gospel.
To many this is a contradiction. To me it is merely what Cardinal Dolan says of Pope Francis' papacy ... he is a man who profoundly believes in the mercy of a loving God, and who wants to bring that message of mercy to the entire world.
Even John Allen at National(cino)Reporter (no friends of authentic Catholicism) resists the liberal urge to exaggerate what Pope Francis said in the jesuit magazine causing such uproar ...
"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods," ... "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," Francis says, "especially because the teaching of the church on these matters is already clear.
In general, Francis seems to suggest he wants the church to come off as less judgmental and more pastoral, though without becoming morally "lax."
Rather than condemning the world, he would prefer to praise the example of merciful Christ. Like the Theology of The Body, taught by Blessed (soon to be Saint) John Paul II the Great, I believe Pope Francis is seeking a New Evangelization, a new way of proposing Christianity to the world in all its beauty to be desired, that is more effective in reaching out to the entire body of Christ. It is clear that focusing on rules-based approach has not been effective in saving souls in the current culture. Perhaps Pope Francis is hoping to change that.
And here is what they have ignored about what he has said on homosexuality and "same-sex marriage" ...
"Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God," wrote Cardinal Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires. "We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."
When Pope Francis chooses to speak on these issues, he will be quite clear on the established teaching of the Church.
And the presently 'orgasmic' (over the article in America (sic)) liberals will soon enough be weeping and gnashing their teeth. Pope Francis is a Jesuit in way of St. Ignatius of Loyola, not the dissenters of Georgetown.
It’s murder. That alone is reason enough to condemn it.
He could have just stuck to the basics.
OK let’s bring it down tothe trenches ... Regina almost 16 in “health” class had to stand - if you agree, stand here - disagree, stand there ... Questions were: If you’re girlfriend lies and says she is on the pill and then she gets pregnant, is the boy absolved, etc.
She stood tall and said “Keep your pants on there is a child involved ...”
Someone in the class then said “Are you crazy?”
Very difficult times ....