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Pontifical Academy for Life defends appointment of member who supports abortion ‘rights’

October 20, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: The Pontifical Academy for Life has issued a statement defending Pope Francis’s appointment of Mariana Mazzucato as an ordinary member of the Academy, the Catholic News Agency has reported.

Around the time of the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, the economist’s tweets and retweets repeatedly manifested support for abortion “rights.”

“It is important that women and men with skills in various disciplines and from different contexts enter the Pontifical Academy for Life, for a constant and fruitful interdisciplinary, intercultural and interreligious dialogue,” according to the statement, which was distributed to journalists, but not posted publicly. “All Academics are chosen from among scientists and experts of absolute importance.”

“The nominations of the Ordinary Academics are made by the Pope,” the statement continued. “Therefore, before being nominated, the names proposed or reported go through a procedure that foresees the consultation of the Apostolic Nuncio and the Episcopal Conference of the countries where the Academics live and work. It also happened in this case and there were no problems.”

According to the Pontifical Academy for Life’s statutes, promulgated by Pope Francis in 2016, ordinary members are appointed on the basis of their “promotion of the right to life of every human person,” among other qualifications. The Academy’s statement did not address the contradiction between its own statutes and the decision to appoint Mazzucato.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 22, 2022 2:16 PM ET USA

    Doggonit! Paglia is not to be taken lightly. His public persona is that of a psychopath. He cannot be ignored. As one of Francis' head shock troopers, he can lead many astray and weaken the Church from the inside. He writes and speaks gobbledygook, but forked tongues like his are highly prized in academic circles. Big words, the epitome of sophistry: these are his calling cards. To ignore Paglia is akin to ignoring the devil. It is unwise. Better to stay on our toes and fight for the Church.

  • Posted by: johnhinshaw8419405 - Oct. 20, 2022 6:52 PM ET USA

    Yawn... remind me again when the Academy was important. It is completely irrelevant under "happy, clappy Paglia". Fortunately, the Pro-Life movement is filled with purpose and vitality, set apart, by Christ Himself,from the moribund, social climbers who seek approval of from the denizens of Gehenna.

  • Posted by: miketimmer499385 - Oct. 20, 2022 11:35 AM ET USA

    This is the epitome of inviting Satan to sit on the board of directors of the Catholic Church. Jeff Mirus spoke to the incoherence of this behavior in Catholic Exclusion. This is so evil.