"What should the pastor do? Francis said when asked by a reporter about the matter." Be a pastor, do not condemn. "
Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday on a debate shaking the Roman Catholic Church in the United States , where the bishops plan to refuse communion with politicians, like President Biden, who support the right to abortion.
"I have never refused the Eucharist to anyone " said Francis, adding that bishops should be pastors, not politicians.
In his usual way, the Pope has not given a simple and straightforward answer. But he left little doubt about his point of view, citing a phrase he has used before: "Communion is not a price for the perfect. The Vatican in June warned conservative bishops across the country against denying Communion to Mr. Biden, who is only the second Roman Catholic to be President of the United States.
"If we look at the history of the church, we will see that whenever the bishops doThey didn't handle a problem as pastors, they took sides on a political front, ”Francis told reporters on his plane as he returned from a four-day trip to Slovakia and Hungary. He cited a story of atrocities committed in the name of the faith.
"What should the pastor do? He asked. “Be a pastor, do not condemn. To be a pastor, because he is also a pastor for the excommunicated. "
The Pope strongly reaffirmed the Catholic position that the abortion is homicide.
"It 's more than a problem, it ' s murder," he said in Italian . "He who aborts kills, no half words.
"It 'sa human life ", he said added. "This human life must be respected - this principle is so clear.
Francis has not been questioned and has not aborfrom last week's decision by the Supreme Court of Mexico that decriminalized abortion in the country.