Pope Francis: Abortion is like hiring a ‘contract killer’

Lester Mason
October 13, 2018

Pope Francis on Wednesday compared abortion to hiring a "hit man to solve a problem", and reiterated his statement about the "depreciation of human life", a point he also made on his visit to Ireland earlier this year.

His comments departed from the pre-written text for his homily for the weekly audience on Saint Peter's Square. You can't. It is not fair to kill a human being, even a small one, to solve a problem.

"Is it just to resort to a contract killer to solve a problem?" he asked, and the crowd shouted: "no". "Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves", Francis said, adding that families should accept children "as God gives them to us".

Pope Francis used the address to denounce "the suppression of human life in the mother's womb in the name of safeguarding other rights", Reuters reports.

Opposition: Pope Francis during his general audience in St Peter's Square in the Vatican yesterday.

"Is this right? Is "hiring" a killer the right thing to do to solve a problem?"


"Therapeutic abortion" is a euphemism often used to describe killing an unborn child diagnosed with abnormalities or disabilities that would reduce its "quality of life".

These parents "need true closeness, true solidarity to face reality and overcome understandable fears".

They are all treated as if they were a problem, he said, but in fact, they are "a gift of God that can pull me out of my egocentricity and help me grow in love".

"What leads man to reject life?" "The only authentic measure of life is love, the love with which God loves it!"

Pope Francis lamented that parents receiving a hard prenatal diagnosis often "receive hasty advice to stop the pregnancy". In every sick child, in every weak elder, in every desperate migrant, in every fragile and threatened life, Christ is looking for us.

"It is worth welcoming every life because every person is worth the blood of Christ himself". "You can not despise what God has so loved!"

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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