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Francis admits contraception is morally acceptable in fighting Zika virus

Saturday, February 20th 2016 - 07:19 UTC
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“Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime,” said Francis. “Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.” “Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime,” said Francis. “Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.”
Pope Paul VI in the 1960s, approved nuns in Belgian Congo using artificial contraception to prevent pregnancies because they were being systematically raped. Pope Paul VI in the 1960s, approved nuns in Belgian Congo using artificial contraception to prevent pregnancies because they were being systematically raped.
The spread of Zika virus has accelerated debates over contraception and abortion in Latin American, where abortion is now being debated openly The spread of Zika virus has accelerated debates over contraception and abortion in Latin American, where abortion is now being debated openly

Pope Francis suggested that using artificial contraception may be morally acceptable in fighting the Zika virus. But the Argentine pontiff, speaking to reporters as he flew back to Rome from an exhausting visit to Mexico, categorically ruled out abortion as a response to Zika, comparing the practice to a “Mafia” killing.

 Francis made the comment in response to a question related to the Zika virus. He was asked whether abortion or birth control could be considered a “lesser evil” when faced with the Zika-linked cases of rare birth defects such those faced in Brazil, where babies have been born with abnormally small heads.

“Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime,” he told reporters. “Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.”

Francis cited the decision taken by Pope Paul VI in the 1960s, approving nuns in Belgian Congo using artificial contraception to prevent pregnancies because they were being systematically raped.

Abortion “is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil at its root, no? It’s a human evil,” he said. “On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one (Zika), such as the one I mentioned of blessed Paul VI, it was clear.”

The spread of the Zika virus has accelerated debates over contraception and abortion in Latin American countries, where abortion is now being debated openly even in some conservative countries.

The 1.2 billion-member Church teaches that abortion is a crime because life begins at the moment of conception.

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  • ChrisR

    The Dope of an argie Pope is allowing contraception (without it being a mortal sin) but not abortion to prevent a poor, deformed baby with likely severe brain damage from undergoing a lifetime of pain.

    What a FUCKING CRETIN THIS USELESS BASTARD IS!

    Has he NO compassion? Ah it's the RCCunts 'brilliant' idea of making as many new 'followers' as possible. The fact they are deformed and in pain with small brains matters not one iota. And what about the lifetime of self loathing the parents will be experiencing, blaming themselves for their badly handicapped child?

    Nobody who agrees with this can be considered a Christian.

    BTW he says Trump is not a Christian, well after this despicable 'edict' neither is he.

    Feb 20th, 2016 - 11:07 am 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Pathetic. Francis should remember that we are in the 21st Century, even though he thinks he isn't...

    Feb 20th, 2016 - 01:06 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    Not! The life belongs to God.

    Feb 20th, 2016 - 03:20 pm 0
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