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Notorious abortionist speaks at Italian parish; protesters removed

July 28, 2017

Emma Bonino, an Italian leftist who boasts of having performed over 10,000 illegal abortions, was a featured speaker at a parish in Italy on July 26, while parishioners who protested her appearance were removed from the audience.

Bonino, who served briefly as Italy’s foreign minister, spoke about immigration at the church of San Defendente in San Rocco di Cossato. Her advocacy for immigrants and refugees prompted Pope Francis to praise her as one of the “greats” on the Italian political scene.

A leader of the country’s Radical Party, Bonino has campaigned for legalization of abortion, divorce, drug use, and homosexuality. She boasts of using a homemade device to perform abortions in the years before Italy legalized the procedure.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the church to pray while Bonino spoke. Organizers closed the doors so that the prayers were not heard inside the church. One protester who interrupted the speech was escorted out by police.

The parish forum was sponsored by local officials of Caritas Italiana, the Catholic charitable agency.

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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Aug. 01, 2017 2:43 AM ET USA

    I used to think that God would not allow the Church to have an evil pope in this pivotal era of history. I no longer believe this.

  • Posted by: mrepshas2411 - Jul. 31, 2017 11:40 AM ET USA

    I don't understand how 'Emma Bonino, an Italian leftist who boasts of having performed over 10,000 illegal abortions', an evident mass murderer can have 'Her advocacy for immigrants and refugees prompted Pope Francis to praise her as one of the “greats” on the Italian political scene'. So confusing.

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Jul. 29, 2017 7:19 AM ET USA

    His Holiness does recognize that "she thinks differently from the Church," and is correct in noting that one should exercise patience and "look at people, what they do.” Doesn't mean that you need to give them a pulpit.

  • Posted by: wsfinkeva4309 - Jul. 28, 2017 6:59 PM ET USA

    The doors were closed so that the prayers were not heard inside the church. May God have mercy on them all.

  • Posted by: John Holecek - Jul. 28, 2017 6:45 PM ET USA

    God help us!

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Jul. 28, 2017 6:21 PM ET USA

    The choice of Bonino is indefensible. Suppose she had boasted of having performed 10,000 lobotomies on mental patients without their consent? However well intentioned, coalitions with mass abortionists are morally incoherent. What we do to the "least little ones," we do to Christ. In his mercy he prayed "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." But do we not know when we give the veneer of humanitarianism to those who destroy innocent children in the womb?

  • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Jul. 28, 2017 6:13 PM ET USA

    The Pope's friend. The protesters should focus on protesting the Pontiff now.