With his recent decree concerning abortion, Pope Francis found himself under the microscope once again. Generally speaking, the reaction was mixed. He left people with more questions than answers.
What exactly was Pope Francis trying to say?
On ABC’s Pope Francis & The People, I think he said it. A wonderful exchange took place between he and Rosemary, a 31 yr. old single mother. Rosemary explained her struggles as a single parent.
His response brought Rosemary, her 2 beautiful daughters, and probably many viewing from home, to tears:
Thank you, Rosemary, for your testimony. I want to tell you one thing. I know it’s not easy to be a single mother. I know that people can sometimes look askance at you, but I’ll tell you one thing: you’re a brave woman. Because you were capable of bringing these two daughters into the world. You could’ve killed them inside your womb, and you respected life. You respected the life you were carrying inside you. And God will reward you for that. He does reward you for that. Don’t be ashamed. Hold your head high. I didn’t kill my daughters. I brought them into the world. I congratulate you. I congratulate you and God bless you.
Pope Francis answered the question. To choose life is to respect it. Sometimes, making the right choice takes courage. To abort is to kill. The pope also showed that there is also no room for condemnation. That was evident by his genuine attentiveness, compassion, and love for every single person that he interacted with.
Pro-life means that you value human life at all stages. The pope showed that, in both word and deed. I’m proud he’s on our side.