Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Wire services see papal condemnation of abortion as gesture toward conservatives

Catholic World News - January 13, 2014

When Pope Francis condemned abortion in his address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, wire-service reports suggested that the Pope’s statement was a gesture toward disgruntled conservative Catholics.

In his denunciation of the “throwaway culture” that devalues human life, the Pope told the diplomats that it is “frightful” (some translations said “horrific”) to see the killing of unborn children.

A headline on a Reuters account of the papal address characterized the Pope’s statement as a “nod to conservatives.” Both Reuters and AP, in their coverage of the papal speech, emphasized that Pope Francis had encountered criticism from some Catholics because he has not spoken out previously on the abortion issue.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($32,725 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,274.95
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 7 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: cincinnatus - Jan. 14, 2014 11:56 AM ET USA

    Translations! Who does them? In Francis' Italian speech, abortion "desta orrore"-"gives rise to horror". The English word "frightful" robs the Italian phrase of all its vigor. On the other hand, "horrific" misses the mark too because I think it doesn't convey the personal, human revulsion and disgust a person experiences realizing what abortion does. For me, "horrifying" renders most closely the substance and fairly formal Italian of what Francis said: "Horrifying is the very thought etc.

  • Posted by: msorensen71798 - Jan. 13, 2014 11:48 PM ET USA

    The press just can't comprehend that the Church doesn't pander to the Left nor to the Right. It looks UP, and calls for what is pleasing to God.

  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 13, 2014 10:05 PM ET USA

    The wires would see a political agenda in the ten commandments if it suited their purpose!

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Jan. 13, 2014 9:50 PM ET USA

    Of course they're wrong, normnuke. It won't be too long before the honeymoon with the leftist media will be over.

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Jan. 13, 2014 8:43 PM ET USA

    Rightists seem to believe that Francis should be on their side. I *know* they're wrong. The Pope is, and should be, neither right, nor left, but on the "side" of orthodox Catholic teaching.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 13, 2014 7:26 PM ET USA

    This isn't a 'nod' to anyone, and it's neither right nor left; it's the 5th Commandment. If Francis condemns capital punishment next week, will that be seen as a 'nod to the liberals'?

  • Posted by: normnuke - Jan. 13, 2014 4:34 PM ET USA

    Leftists seem to believe that Francis is really on their side. I hope they're wrong.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Making Moral Progress? July 3
Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision July 2
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited July 2
A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15