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Chilean president, sponsor of abortion legislation, to speak at Vatican conference

August 29, 2017

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet, who sponsored a bid to allow legal abortion, will be one of the speakers at a November conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Bachelet has also promised to introduce legislation allowing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage. She will be one of many public figures at the November conference whose stands are in clear opposition to Catholic moral teachings. Among the American participants will be California’s Governor Jerry Brown, who signed the state law allowing for assisted suicide.

The November conference will be dedicated to the theme: “Health of People, Health of Planet, and Our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health.” It will be chaired by Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the outspoken head of the Pontifical Academy.


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  • Posted by: rpp - Aug. 30, 2017 8:51 AM ET USA

    Sigh. The Church today...

  • Posted by: Faustina01 - Aug. 29, 2017 9:41 PM ET USA

    How ridiculous. Abortion and assisted suicide - genocide and murder - can hardly be considered to improve one's health! It's time for Catholics to show up, get on their knees, say a rosary outside to oppose the Culture of Death inside, and sprinkle holy water on everyone and everything. JPII, and Pope Benedict XVI, please pray for us.

  • Posted by: td4207 - Aug. 29, 2017 8:14 PM ET USA

    Interesting... Invitation to Chile's president, but nary a word criticizing Venezuela's violent repression against democracy.

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Aug. 29, 2017 8:06 PM ET USA

    Well, the Bishop may be outspoken, but by itself that's only enough to get him a taxi. Coalitions of this sort, at their best, amount to tap-dancing on the back of an alligator.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 29, 2017 7:19 PM ET USA

    Pope Francis again proves that climate change is more important than the lives of preborn children and more important than the church's longstanding teachings on sexuality.