ROME – Pope Francis told reporters on Wednesday that the Catholic Church is uncompromising on the issue of abortion because it is “murder”.
On board the papal plane returning from his visit to Hungary and Slovakia, the Pope noted that there was no way to water down the reality of the evil of abortion, as it means deliberately taking the life of ‘an innocent human being.
Regarding abortion, “it’s more than a problem, it’s murder,” said Francis, and “whoever performs an abortion kills, however you look at him”.
“Take any embryology textbook for medical students,” the pontiff continued. “By the third week after conception, all the organs are already there, all of them, even the DNA… It’s a human life!
“This human life must be respected, this principle is so clear! he added.
As he has often done in the past, the Pope has likened abortion to hiring a paid assassin to eliminate someone who gets in your way.
“To those who cannot understand, I would ask this question: is it right to kill a human life to solve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hitman to kill a human life? ” He asked.
“Scientifically, it’s a human life,” noted François. “Is it okay to take it out to fix a problem?” “
The Pope then pointed out that the reality of abortion as murder is the reason for the intransigence of the Catholic Church on the issue.
“This is why the Church is so tough on this issue, because if it accepts this, it is as if it accepts daily murder,” he said.
The official teaching of the Catholic Church is remarkably straightforward about the immorality of killing the unborn child.
“Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of any induced abortion,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “This teaching has not changed and remains unchanging.”
“Direct abortion, that is to say abortion wanted either as an end or as a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law”, he adds.
The Catechism also notes the evil committed by those who “formally cooperate” with abortion, such as those who promote its legality or seek to extend abortion rights.
“Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a serious offense”, Catechism States. “The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. “