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Pope Francis: Catholic President Joe Biden’s abortion support is ‘incoherence’

Pope Francis

Pope Francis was recently interviewed by Univisión and Televisa, where he spoke about President Joe Biden and the issue of abortion.

Biden recently issued an executive order protecting abortion, and has repeatedly pushed for Roe v. Wade be codified by Congress into federal law. Yet Biden also has portrayed himself as a devout Catholic, which is in direct opposition to his extreme support for abortion. It is this dichotomy that the pope condemned.

Pope Francis began by pointing out that “a month after conception, the DNA of the fetus is already there and the organs are aligned. There is human life.” He continued, “Is it just to eliminate a human life? Let (Biden) talk to his pastor about that incoherence.”

Though many abortion advocates expressed hope that Pope Francis would be more liberal, embracing things like abortion and gay marriage, he has disappointed them on that front. He has repeatedly condemned abortion harshly, in particular. He also spoke about the issue of denying communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden.

READ: Pope Francis calls for better palliative care, not assisted suicide: ‘Life is a right, not death’

“[T]hey are out of the community – ex-comunitate – excommunicated they are called,” he said. “It is a harsh term, but it means that they are not in the community, either because they do not belong to it, they are not baptized or have drifted away for some reason.” He continued:

Abortion is more than a problem. Abortion is homicide. Abortion… without being ambiguous: whoever has an abortion kills… It is a human life, period. And this human life must be respected. This principle is so clear, and to those who cannot understand, I would ask two questions: is it right to kill a human life to solve a problem? Scientifically, it is a human life. The second question: is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem?

... Don’t ask strange questions. Scientifically it is a human life. Books teach this. I ask: is it right to throw it out to solve a problem? That is why the Church is so hard on this issue, because it’s a little like if she were to accept it, if she accepts this, it would be like accepting daily murder.

Biden was also recently criticized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for issuing an executive order protecting abortion. A statement from Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called the order “deeply disturbing,” and implored Biden to work towards protecting life instead of spreading death.

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