Strong criticism of Pope Francis of those who “presume as conquest a senseless right to abortion”

Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps at the former Carmelite Monastery in Budapest, Hungary. April 28, 2023. Andrew Medichini/Pool via REUTERS (POOL/)

In a speech delivered to the Hungarian authorities, diplomats and representatives of civil society, in which he rescued the role of budapest in history and evoked the founding fathers of Europe, expressed his wish that it “does not become a hostage to the parts, becoming prey to self-referential populism, but neither does it become a fluid or gaseous reality, in a kind of abstract supranationalism, which it does not take into account the life of the peoples”.

And he pointed out: “This is the disastrous path of the ‘ideological colonizations’which eliminate differences —as in the case of the so-called culture of gender ideology—, or place reductive concepts of freedom before the reality of life —for example, presuming as a conquest a foolish ‘right to abortion’, which is always a tragic defeat—”

The Pope thus comes to the crossroads of those who, as if it were not enough to equate abortion to another medical practice, want to give it the status of a “human right”.

“How beautiful, on the other hand, to build a Europe centered on the person and on the peoples – continued the Supreme Pontiff -, where there are effective policies for the birth rate and the family” and that “diverse nations are a family in which the growth and uniqueness of each one is ensured”. The Pope even made explicit mention of the fact that in Europe there are countries whose population has an average age “46 to 48 years”.

Before addressing this issue, Francis had highlighted the historical role of Budapest, a city “witness to significant changes over the centuries” and “called to be a protagonist of the present and the future.”

Pope Francis (left) greets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the Sándor Palace square in Budapest on April 28, 2023, at the start of a three-day pastoral visit.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis (left) greets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the Sándor Palace square in Budapest on April 28, 2023, at the start of a three-day pastoral visit. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (Andrew Medichini/)

He evoked the painful conflicts that went through the capital of Hungary as, “in the last century”, the “violence and oppression caused by the Nazi and communist dictatorships”. “How to forget the year 1956?he asked, alluding to the Soviet invasion that crushed a democratic, anti-Stalinist revolution in Hungary, causing thousands of deaths and crushing all political opposition. He also mentioned the Second World War, with the deportation of a large number of people and the persecution of the population of Jewish origin.

“In the world in which we live, the passion for community politics and for multilateralism seems like a beautiful memory from the past,” lamented the Pope; It seems that we are witnessing the sad sunset of the choral dream of peace, while the soloists of war prevail”, and “it seems that the enthusiasm to build a peaceful and stable community of nations has dissolved in spirits”.

At the present historical juncture, the Pope stressed that Europe’s role is “fundamental” because “it, thanks to its history, represents the memory of humanity and, therefore, is called to play the role [de] unite those who are far away, welcome peoples into their midst and not let anyone remain an enemy forever”.

“Therefore, it is essential rediscover the European soul: the enthusiasm and the dream of the founding fathers, statesmen who knew how to look beyond their own time, national borders and immediate needs”, he said in reference to the Italian Alcide DeGasperi, to French robert schumann and to german Konrad Adenauer, whom he named below.

He specifically cited Schuman’s phrase: “World peace cannot be safeguarded without creative efforts, equal to the dangers that threaten it.” To immediately ask: “In this historical stage the dangers are many [pero] where are the peace-creating efforts?

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