Over the years, newly installed Pope Francis has been a staunch defender of life. When the Pope was just Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he spoke clearly and without hesitation that “abortion is never a solution.”
Bergoglio’s view is that abortion is a “death sentence” for the unborn. In 2007, during the presentation of the Aparecida Document, a “joint statement of the bishops of Latin America,” Bergoglio said about communion and abortion that “Eucharistic coherence” was something that should be adhered to.
At that time the Pope said this:
People cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.
In other words, politicians and healthcare providers who are Catholic cannot support anti-life policies and then throw on a mantilla and strut up to the altar to receive communion, in defiance of both God and church teachings.
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