ON BOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Pope François declared on Wednesday that the abortion was "murder " even shortly after conception, but appeared to criticize some US Catholic bishops for dealing with US President Joe Biden 's pro-choice position. 'in a political rather than a pastoral way.
On the return flight from Slovakia, Francis was asked for his opinion on the debate within the Episcopal Conference of United States, on whether Biden, who is Catholic, should be denied Communion because of his support for a woman's right to choose, even though he is personally against abortion.
"I never denied Communion to anyone. But I never knew I had someone in front of me one as you described, it 's true, "without elaborating.
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"Communion is not a price for the perfect ... communion is a gift, the presence of Jesus and his church ", the pope said.
"Abortion is murder. By the third week after conception, often before the mother is even aware (to be pregnant), all the organs are already (starting to develop). It 'sa human life. Period. And this human life must be respected. It ' s very clear, "he said. he said.
"Scientifically, it 'sa human life, " he said.
On Tuesday, the Biden administration formally asked a federal judge to block the application of a new Texas law that banst actually almost all abortions in the state under a new legal conception that opposes nts say is intended to thwart legal challenge.
Law supported by Republicans prohibits abortions performed once cardiac activity has been detected in the embryo, typically beginning at six weeks gestation. learn more
Church law says that a Catholic who obtains an abortion automatically excommunicates himself from the Church.
But there is no clear policy on Catholic politicians who say they have no choice as elected officials to support the abortion rights even if they are personally opposed.
This has led to heated debates inthe Church of the United States.
The Pope said bishops should deal with the problem pastoral rather than political.
"A pastor knows what to do at all times, but if he leaves the pastoral process of the Church, he immediately becomes a politician," Francis said. Reporting by Philip Pullella; Edited by Jon Boyle
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