He defends vaccination against COVID-19 and reveals that there are “some deniers” in the Colegio Cardenalicio
ROME, 15 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Pope has said that abortion “is murder” but has criticized the US bishops who have decided to do “politics” instead of “pastoral” by asking that Communion not be given to the Catholic president of the United States, Joe Biden, for his positions in favor of the termination of pregnancy.
“The problem is that it is a homicide, without half words; whoever performs an abortion, murders. Any book says that at three weeks it is scientifically a human life,” Francisco said during the press conference on the flight back from his tour to Hungary and Slovakia, according to the transcript published by Vatican News.
“It is a human life and that human life has to be respected. To those who cannot understand it I would ask two questions: Is it fair to murder a human life to solve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hit man to solve a problem? strange things, scientifically it is a human life. That is why the Church is so tough in this argument: if it accepts that, it is as if it accepts daily homicide, “he added.
Francis has made it clear that “communion is not a prize for the perfect, communion is a gift, it is a gift”, and those who cannot take communion are those who “are not within the community.” The Episcopal Conference of the United States approved a proposal to draft a set of positions on the Eucharist that could materialize an initiative of the more conservative wing of American Catholicism by asking to deny Biden communion because of his support for abortion.
Francis did not speak specifically, but he did explain that giving communion to people or not is “a pastoral problem.” “Sometimes the bishops do not behave like pastors but are inclined to politics,” he contemplated.
“Pastors have to follow God’s style, which is closeness, compassion and tenderness,” he added. In this regard, he has made it clear that he has “never” denied communion “to anyone” and added: “Enough with the excommunications.”
On the other hand, the Pontiff has stressed that it was the Hungarian president, Víctor Orban, who dressed him and has listed that it is the third time he has met him. The Pope has indicated that they spoke of ecology and family but immigration, “nothing.”
Francisco has also warned of the danger that the European Union ends up being “in a management office” while asking that it seek “its roots” which are in the “dream of the founding fathers.” Thus, as he did during the four-day trip to Hungary and Slovakia, he has vindicated the need for a “united” Europe that will once again be “the center of history”.
“It has to go properly to the mystique, look for the roots of Europe and carry them forward,” he said while attacking the “perhaps non-European interests” that try to use the EU “for ideological colonizations.”
The Pope has reiterated the need for everyone to adhere to the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, making it clear that “it is a bit strange” that now people do not want to be vaccinated when there is a long history of vaccinations. “When we were children they gave us vaccines and no one said anything,” he has considered regarding anti-vaccine positions.
In any case, he has recognized that even “within the College of Cardinals some are deniers and one ended up admitted” due to the coronavirus. The Pontiff thus referred to the American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was hospitalized for several weeks and who expressed positions against vaccines. The Pope has said that these people who are against vaccines “have to be clarified and spoke with serenity.”
The Vatican’s office of doctrine has said it is “morally acceptable” for Catholics to receive COVID-19 vaccines based on research that used cells derived from aborted fetuses. Francis has said that it would be “suicide” not to receive the vaccine and both he and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have already been vaccinated with the two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech.