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News June 16th:- Pope says abortion of sick, disabled children reflects Nazi mentality
In a speech to the Forum of Family Associations, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this
year, Pope Francis again stressed that God's vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality.
“I've heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of
pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away,” the pope said June 16, referring to the
trend of aborting sick or disabled children.
This, he said, is “the murder of children...to get a peaceful life an innocent [person] is
sent away...We do the same as the Nazis to maintain the purity of the race, but with white gloves. It's an atrocity but we do the same thing,” he said, according to Italian media.
His words on abortion come just days after his home country of Argentina voted in favour of a
bill that would legalize abortion as early as the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The comments also come just over a month ahead of his Aug. 25-26 trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of
During his speech, Francis tossed his prepared remarks, telling participants that a prepared
text “seems a bit cold,” according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.
The pope, the paper reported, said it is “painful” to think that society would accept the
killing of children simply because they are sick or disabled, but this is the current mentality.
On the family, he noted that in modern society “one speaks of different types of
family,” defining the term in different ways.
“Yes, it's true that family is an analogous word, yes one can also say 'the family of
stars,' 'the family of trees,' 'the family of animals,'” he said, but stressed that “the family in the image of God is only one, that of man and woman...marriage is a wonderful
He also spoke about the importance of educating one's children, but noted that this is not easy
for parents, especially in a virtual world, which “they know better than us.”
The pope also pointed to the increasing difficulty for families to spend time with their
children, especially in times of social and economic crisis.
“Children are the greatest gift,” he said, even when they are sick. Children, he said, must be
“received as they come, as God sends them.”
Pope Francis' Prayer
Inclusion means including all people in the decisions that change our lives. Inclusion means
valuing everyone's contribution and everyone's opinion.
Those from minority backgrounds might not have the confidence to attend a meeting or write to an
MP, but most are able to engage on Facebook or Twitter. Social networking media isn’t just for connecting with old high school friends any more. It’s a global communications tool for expanding the
reach of those willing to make the effort to engage.
There are now more than 3 billion active social media users around the world. A staggering
number, especially when you consider the Earth's population is 7.5 billion.
However, there are still barriers to using social media. There are those with learning
difficulties who find it difficult to use a computer. There are still elderly people who would like to be involved but struggle to understand it all. Then of course there are those who just don't
want to bother with computers and that of course is absolutely fine. Social networks are everywhere not just online.
Pope Francis' challenge for this month is to help those who would like to be included in
social networking either on or offline with whatever barriers they might have.
We join Pope Francis' prayer intention for June,
".....That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects
others for their differences."