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Protecting unborn is a preeminent priority, Pope Francis tells US bishops

January 17, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City (KS) said that Pope Francis “was truly kind of stunned” when he was told there have been 61 million abortions in the US since Roe v. Wade. On January 16, the Pope received bishops from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

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  • Posted by: wenner1687 - Jan. 18, 2020 2:15 AM ET USA

    That that 2/3rds of the USCCB voted fighting abortion as top priority (PF wanted to water that down) coupled with the fact that the biggest financial contributor is the USA, Pope Francis prudently decided not to push "the magisterium of Francis" (his nuncio's own words), which include "obeying the UN" with its population-control priorities. I am disgusted he was ignorant of the number of abortions in the US until now.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 17, 2020 7:17 AM ET USA

    Perhaps Naumann misunderstood Francis when he said: "This is not first a religious issue; it’s a human rights issue." Maybe he used the wrong word: "religious." He might have meant _sectarian_. If this is the case, it brings us to the question of whether a "diversity of religions" is actually God's plan for worship. Truth cannot contradict truth. If there is a true religion, then its doctrines cannot be contradicted by another religion. If there is no true religion, then God cannot be known.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 17, 2020 6:40 AM ET USA

    Archbishop Naumann recalls Francis saying: "This is not first a religious issue; it’s a human rights issue." Huh? Are human rights not _first_ a religious matter? Are human rights bestowed by a government, or do they transcend human tinkering? If human rights are _not_ privileges bestowed by a government, then they transcend human capacity to deny. In our understanding, who besides God has authority over human dignity? If human rights originate in God, then they are indeed a religious matter.