By Dave Andrusko
While avoiding directly commenting on whether communion can be denied to politicians, such as President Joe Biden, who support abortion, Pope Francis on Wednesday once again denounced abortion as murder. The pontiff made his straightforward condemnation while engaging in a wide ranging discussion with journalists onboard an Alitalia aircraft enroute from Bratislava back to Rome.
The following is taken from a transcript provided by the Catholic News Agency
Abortion is more than an issue. Abortion is murder. Abortion, without hinting: whoever performs an abortion kills. You take any embryology textbook of those students that study in medical school. At the third week of conception, at the third, many times before the mother notices, all the organs are already there. All of them. Even the DNA. […]
It’s a human life, period. This human life must be respected. This principle is so clear. And to those who can’t understand it I would ask two questions: Is it right, is it fair, to kill a human life to solve a problem? Scientifically it is a human life. Second question: Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? I said this publicly […] when I did, I said it to [Radio] COPE, I have wanted to repeat it. And period. Don’t continue with strange discussions: Scientifically it’s a human life. The textbooks teach us that. But is it right to take it out to solve a problem? This is why the Church is so strict on this issue because accepting this is kind of like accepting daily murder.