Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope Francis emphasizes: the life of the unborn is 'sacred and inviolable'

Catholic World News - April 11, 2014

In an April 11 audience, Pope Francis thanked Italian pro-life leaders for “promoting and defending human life from its conception.”

“We know human life is sacred and inviolable,” the Pope said. “Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that to life, which is not subject to any conditions, neither economic nor qualitative nor ideological.”

“One of the most serious risks” today, he added, is the “divorce between economics and morality ... It is therefore necessary to reiterate the strongest opposition to any direct attack on life, especially innocent and defenseless life, and the unborn child in the mother's womb is the innocent par excellence.”

After quoting the Second Vatican Council's condemnation of abortion and infanticide, Pope Francis recalled an incident in which a repentant abortionist handed him his instruments of abortion. He urged pro-life leaders to be close to women so that “every woman feels regarded as a person, listened to, accepted, accompanied.”

In a “culture of waste,” the Pope added, grandparents as well as children are considered “discardable material ... No! Children and grandparents are the hope of a people!”

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 October expenses ($33,217 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,783.25
95% 5%
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 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 11, 2014 2:59 PM ET USA

    This may shock readers, but a search of today's New York Times shows only one story about Pope Francis, a blog about his apology for clerical sexual abuse; naturally large parts of the blog are given over to critics of the Church. But not a word about his condemnation of abortion and euthanasia. Wouldn't you think the Times could manage to publish at least a little article about this? You know, a small corrective to all their blather a while ago about Francis putting abortion on the back burner?

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

Using the figure of Pope Francis for evangelization 2 hours ago
If Catholic priests never preach on sexual morality, be suspicious 2 hours ago
On Bishops and Jesuits, Saints and Angels 23 hours ago
Bishop Finn in Kansas City: Not quite up to date? September 30
Oh, that sort of misconduct September 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30