In a pointed rebuke to Catholic anti-abortion activists who focus on the issue to the exclusion of all others, Francis says that helping the poor and immigrants is as important as taking a stance against abortion.
“Some Catholics consider it (the situation of migrants) a secondary issue compared to the ‘grave’ bioethical questions,” he writes.
To do so, the Pope says, is like “a politician looking for votes.”
A Christian, Francis says, should “stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children.”
“Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate,” the Pope writes.
“Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged…” he adds.
Francis made waves in an interview with Italian journalist and founder of the left-wing daily La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari, in which he allegedly claimed that hell did not exist.
The Vatican issued a vague denial, leaving some to question the true position of the Pope.
While Francis does not address the question of hell in his new document, he makes clear that he believes the devil exists and is at work in our world.
“We should not think of the devil as a myth,” Francis writes, claiming that the devil is “a personal being who assails us.”
We also have a video where he confirmed this almost two years ago so this is just another confirmation of his stance:
Last year he stunned the world when he said Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist”.
In an impassioned address, the Pope denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
What he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact.
“No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also suggesting—as he has on other occasions—that terrorism is primarily a result of economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs. “The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.”
The Pope also reiterated his conviction that all religions promote peace and that the danger of violent radicalization exists equally in all religions.
Well, Mr. Pope, I don’t know what medication are you on or should I say you should be on medication. You live in a la land and ignoring reality may be because you have not been threatened with decapitation or being raped or sold as a sex slave. Maybe you need to be checked. Ask God to open your eyes.