Monday, January 13, 2014

Pope Decries Abortion; Media Distort Him: Vatican

The Vatican has apparently decided to confront the liberal media spin of Pope Francis by issuing statements correcting reports implying that Roman Catholic doctrine is evolving.  Perhaps the Pope's comments today concerning abortion is the vanguard of clarifying statements to come.
“Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world.”
-- Pope Francis I
For background, read Pope Disappoints Liberals, Opposes 'Gay Adoption' and also read Liberal Media Say Pope Francis OKs Gay & Women Priests as well as Pope Removes Democrat Party Antagonist, Media Crow

UPDATE 3/6/14: Again, Media Distort Pope, Reporting He's Open to Homosexual Civil Unions

-- From "Pope says abortion evidence of ‘throwaway culture’" by The Associated Press 1/13/14

“We cannot be indifferent to those suffering from hunger, especially children, when we think of how much food is wasted every day in many parts of the world immersed in what I have often termed ‘the throwaway culture,’” Francis said.

That culture, he said, also affects the unborn child.

“For example, it is frightful even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” he said. Francis has generally limited his exhortations about abortion, saying church teaching is well known and that he prefers to speak less about the church’s moralizing rules and more about its positive, welcoming message.

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From "Pope Francis: Abortion Kills Children 'Who Will Never See the Light of Day'" by Steven Ertelt, 1/13/14

Last September, a day after an interview the mainstream media used to claim Pope Francis is backing down on the Catholic Church’s pro-life teachings, the Pope condemned abortion in strong terms, saying unborn babies are “unjustly condemned” when killed in abortions.

In the text of a message the Pope delivered to a group of Catholic doctors this morning, as distributed by the Vatican today, Pope Francis soundly condemned abortion . . . [and] the “throwaway culture” abortion promotes, saying, “Our response to this mentality is a ‘yes’ to life, decisive and without hesitation. ‘The first right of the human person is his life. He has other goods and some are precious, but this one is fundamental –- the condition for all the others’”.

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From "Vatican denies pope is open to recognition of gay civil unions" by Philip Pullella, Reuters 1/5/13

Francis, in a conversation with leaders of religious orders published by a Jesuit journal on Friday, said the Catholic Church had to try not to scare away children who live in complex family situations, such as those whose parents were separated and those living with gay couples.

"The situation in which we live now provides us with new challenges which sometimes are difficult for us to understand," the pope said, according to the transcript of the conversation.

"How can we proclaim Christ to these boys and girls? How can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing? We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them," he said.

The Vatican has stressed the pope's words did not change Church teachings that homosexual tendencies are not sinful but homosexual acts are.

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From "Fr. Lombardi: Papal comments on education 'manipulated' by media" posted at Vatican Radio 1/6/14

The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi has issued an explanatory note following extensive debate in the Italian media after the publication by the Jesuit journal Civiltà Cattolica of a conversation between Pope Francis and religious superiors on November 29th. Many comments focused on gay unions.

The Pope had “absolutely not expressed” his opinions on a debate that was ignited in Italy one month later, Fr. Lombardi says, and “those who remember the positions he expressed earlier in Argentina during similar debates know that they were completely different from what some people are now trying surreptitiously to attribute to him.”

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From "Vatican: Media Uses ‘Manipulation’ of Pope’s Statements to Fit Agenda" by Barbara Boland, 1/9/14

The Vatican statement was in response to media reports about informal comments by the pope that they said indicated a change, a move by the church towards accepting civil unions for homosexuals.

From the Pope’s remark, AFP ran a story with the headline, “Pope Calls for Fresh Church Approach to Children of Gay Parents.”

An article with a very similar title appeared on NBC News, “Pope Calls for New Approach To Kids of Gay, Divorced Parents.”

A story with the pope’s quote also appeared in The Australian titled “The Pope’s Plea on Gay Kids” and the same theme was featured in The Hindu’s article, “Pope’s Inclusive Remarks on Homosexuality Surprise Many.”

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From "It's official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican" by Philip Pullella, Reuters 12/31/13

The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had "abolished sin", after . . . Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled "Francis' Revolution: He has abolished sin".

Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God's mercy and forgiveness were "eternal".

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that "this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin" was wrong.

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In addition, read Pope Francis Says Gay Agenda is Work of the Devil and also read Pope Francis Cracks Down on American Liberal Nuns, Priests