Johee Choo of ABC News, reporting from South Korea:
During his trip in South Korea today, Pope Francis stopped to pray at a monument for aborted children, a rare gesture as he has been known to avoid such culturally sensitive issues.
Just because Johee Choo was either not paying attention (or is just going with what the media narrative is regarding Pope Francis) doesn’t mean he has ignored “culturally sensitive issues” since he became Pope.
Some (not even close to all) previous statements on abortion made by Pope Francis after he became Pope (there are plenty of others made when he was still a Cardinal) are below. A longer, but still incomplete, list is also online.
June 16, 2013:
All too often, as we know from experience, people do not choose life, they do not accept the ‘Gospel of Life’ but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others.
…As a result, the living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death.
July 17, 2013
Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.
July 28, 2013:
All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.
August 6, 2013:
Human life must always be defended from its beginning in the womb and must be recognised as a gift of God that guarantees the future of humanity.
September 20, 2013:
Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!
Additionally, there are plenty of other statements by the pontiff on other “sensitive” subjects, including same-sex “marriage” since he took office and while he was still Cardinal.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.