EG 214: Unchanging, But Accompanying

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium offers no hope the Church will alter its position on abortion as an evil:

214. Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

The Holy Father is also honest that the Church is at fault for not accompanying those for whom abortion is a very real choice:

On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?

This is the key difference between the pro-life stance and the anti-abortion banner. Some people of the latter category are totally focused on the act, but have no presence with the circumstances that drive people to make choices. Pope Francis strikes a good balance. He offers the strong suggestion that just because one of us has not procured an abortion it does not mean we escape blame for the situations that make it such an attractive possibility.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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