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Archbishop Paglia explains new direction for Pontifical Academy for Life

July 19, 2017

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia explained the new strategic vision of the Pontifical Academy for Life in an interview with Austen Ivereigh for Crux.

The Italian prelate brushed aside criticism that the Pontifical Academy has downgraded its commitment to the pro-life struggle, explaining that the institution will now pursue a more diverse agenda. He spoke about a commitment to the environment, observing that in the Book of Genesis, God gives Adam and Eve a mandate to care for his Creation.

Archbishop Paglia criticized groups that oppose abortion without also devoting attention to issues such as the environment and the death penalty, and questioned the effectiveness of organizations that may be “stuck in a fortress raising the flags of a few principles.”

“We have now the urgent task of broadening our vision,” the archbishop said.


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  • Posted by: gmiguelps9564 - Jul. 21, 2017 9:14 AM ET USA

    Honestly, after reading this it is no wonder weakly catechized members of our faith decide to leave. If our leadership is so misguided we are doomed. Except for my faith in Jesus' words, I would think this church is on verge fo collapse.

  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Jul. 20, 2017 3:27 PM ET USA

    If Paglia, and others in very high places at the Vatican, were not in such mindless alliance with environmentalists, they might be able to learn more about their own religion and figure out that there is a moral psychology to exaggerate scenarios of environmental catastrophe in order to assuage repressed guilt for having advocated slaughtering inconvenient life.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 20, 2017 12:51 AM ET USA

    "broadening our vision,” also dilutes the resources to fight the main evil abortion. Thousands of innocent babies die for each adult executed. Throwing in environmental issues further dilutes the resources.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jul. 19, 2017 8:15 PM ET USA

    @cincinnatus: That homo-erotic mural in the cathedral speaks volumes about the man who wanted it painted there. It is what it is.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jul. 19, 2017 7:59 PM ET USA

    Just watch. In the "more diverse agenda" that Cdl. Paglia refers to, the fight against abortion will quickly move to the end of the list; then it will simply fall off the list, into an appendix that no one reads.

  • Posted by: Thomas V. Mirus - Jul. 19, 2017 7:51 PM ET USA

    cincinattus: I don't deem it to be false and defamatory, seeing that the artist who made the mural himself described it as erotic. If you have another interpretation, feel free to share it.

  • Posted by: Cincinnatus - Jul. 19, 2017 7:40 PM ET USA

    If i were moderating comments, I would not have posted the jackbene Paglia comment judging it to not be logical charitable related to the topic or making a positive contribution. If I were the editor and saw it posted I would removeit for the same reasons, holding my breath as to its being false snd defamatory, and would discipline whoever posted it

  • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Jul. 19, 2017 6:09 PM ET USA

    What about the homo-erotica mural in your cathedral?

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Jul. 19, 2017 5:51 PM ET USA

    We read in the Crux "puff piece" that: "But then, says Paglia, [PAV] Catholics don’t all agree on everything, either with each other or with him, and that’s all to the good." Nor do I. As quoted his position shows an ignorance of the wide-ranging commitments that so many pro-life people have. He might, for a start, check out the American Solidarity Party. Also, need we really remind him how many groups that focus on the environment or, say, poverty are pro-abortion?