The Pope bowed to Vatican conservatives today and branded abortion “horrific.”
Pope Francis had been accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortions and made his toughest remarks in his annual address to diplomats in the Holy City.
“It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” he said in his ‘State of the World’ address about the rights of children around the world.
Since his election in March, the Pope has shown no signs of changing the church’s position against abortion, but has not spoken out against it as sternly or as repeatedly as predecessors Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II.
The previous popes repeatedly delivered sermons against abortion, which the Church considers murder.
Conservatives in the Church were alarmed when Francis, in a landmark interview in September with the Italian Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, said the Church must shake off an “obsession” with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality.
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