Faith & Family
Pope repeatedly speaks against ‘throwaway culture’
September 29th, 2015
During the past year, Pope Francis has spoken strongly in defense of life and the family: against euthanasia, against assisted suicide, against abortion, against contraception, against artificial reproduction. Here are some of his statements.
“The predominant school of thought sometimes leads to ‘false compassion’ which holds that it is a benefit to women to promote abortion; an act of dignity to perform euthanasia; a scientific breakthrough to ‘produce’ a child, considered as a right rather than a gift to be welcomed; or to (be) using human lives as laboratory animals, allegedly in order to save others ….”
‘Men and women … reduced to mere cogs’
“Men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited, with the result that – as is so tragically apparent – whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the sick, of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb.
‘We are accustomed to seeing people discarded’
“I have heard it said by some that families with many children and the birth of many children are among the causes of poverty. That opinion seems simplistic to me. I can say, we can all say, that the main cause of poverty is an economic system that has canceled the person from the center and set money in its place; an economic system that excludes, always excludes: excludes children, the elderly, young people, the unemployed ….”
‘How great a lie … quality of life’
“How great a lie …lurks behind certain phrases which so insist on the importance of ‘quality of life’ that they make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!”
‘Protect your families!’
“Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself. The future of humanity, as St. John Paul II often said, passes through the family … So protect your families! … be living examples of love, forgiveness and care.”
Source: Vatican Diary, Sandro Magister, March 17, 2015
From October 1, 2015 issue of Catholic San Francisco.