Another plane ride, another papal interview. This was on the return flight from Hungary and Slovakia and it was a bumpy one for the Church.
The Pope gave: He affirmed that the abominable crime and sin of abortion is “murder.” Legal or not, procured abortion is always the unjust taking of an innocent human life. Whether human life is in the womb or out is irrelevant. The taking of a human life is murder and disobedience to God who has decreed, “Thou shall not kill.” Capital punishment is not murder, but that’s a discussion for another time and place.
“It’s a human life, period. This human life must be respected. This principle is so clear. And to those who can’t understand it I would ask two questions: Is it right, is it fair, to kill a human life to solve a problem? Scientifically it is a human life. Second question: Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? I said this publicly…when I did, I said it to COPE, I have wanted to repeat it. And period.”
So far, so good. The Pope forcefully reaffirmed the Commandment, in accord with the duties of his sacred office as conferred by Christ, to “strengthen the brethren” in our holy Catholic faith. But the Pope also took away.