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Pope condemns abortion as product of ‘throwaway culture’


FRANCIS X. ROCCA

Source:
The Catholic Sun
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
9/20/2013

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ABSTRACT Pope condemns abortion as product of ‘throwaway culture’ : The Catholic Sun – News from Phoenix and the World Diocese of Phoenix Diocese of Phoenix Blog The Bishop’s Hour on Catholic Radio Diocese of Phoenix on Vimeo Diocese of Phoenix on YouTube Comments Posts News Local News Nation/World Profiles Special Reports Year of Faith Home Views Editorial Joyce Coronel Chris Benguhe George Weigel Dr. Jim Asher Joy from Janet Bishop Olmsted Blog Films | Books Books Films Classifieds Family Care For Sale Miscellaneous Opportunities Prayers Real Estate Services About Advertising Contact Print Schedule and Deadlines Pope condemns abortion as product of ‘throwaway culture’ Catholic News Service | September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments Pope Francis is greeted by priests of the Diocese of Rome during his visit to the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome Sept. 16. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters) VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his strongest public words to date on the subject of abortion, Pope Francis affirmed the sacredness of unborn human life and linked its defense to the pursuit of social justice. “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!” the pope said Sept. 20 to a gathering of Catholic gynecologists. Pope Francis characterized 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.” The pope grouped together unborn children, the aged and the poor as among the most vulnerable people whom Christians are called especially to love. “In the fragile human being each one of us is invited to recognize the face of the Lord, who in his human flesh experienced the indifference and solitude to which we often condemn the poorest, whether in developing countries or in wealthy societies,” he said. “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. “And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ. They must not be thrown away!” Quoting “Caritas in Veritate” the social encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis connected the protection of unborn life with the promotion of social justice. “Openness to life is at the center of true development,” he said. “If personal and social sensitivity in welcoming a new life is lost, other forms of welcome useful to social life will dry up. Welcoming life tempers moral energies and makes people capable of helping each other.” Pope Francis told the physicians that they faced .......