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The pope recently gave a pro-life talk — sort of. While the pope denounced abortion and euthanasia, he also called for world governance to fight the Wuhan virus. Church Militant's William Mahoney breaks down Francis' address.
Public health on the horizon of globalization — that was the theme of Francis' speech Monday to the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Pope Francis: "The pandemic crisis made the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor resound even more strongly."
In the 15-minute address, the pontiff quoted himself five times (from another address, a homily and his encyclicals Fratelli Tutti and Laudato Sí). Coincidentally, he used the word "global" or "globalization" five times, once even calling for one-world government.
Francis: "International initiatives are to be supported ― I'm thinking, for example, of those recently promoted by the G20 [summit] ― aimed at creating global governance for the health of all the inhabitants of the planet."
Sandwiched between self-quotes and calls for global governance, the pope also addressed abortion and euthanasia, decrying both as aspects of what he called a "throwaway culture."
Francis: "Is it just to hire a hitman to solve a problem? This is abortion. And then, there's the elderly, the elderly who are also [like] a little 'waste material' because they're not needed."
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia introduced the pope, who, in 2016, named Paglia the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Paglia also accompanied the pope on his visit to Philadelphia in 2015.
The prelate made headlines in 2007, when he was local ordinary of the Terni-Narni-Amelia diocese for having commissioned a blasphemous, homoerotic painting for his cathedral.
Considering how vehemently pro-death the United Nations is, it's difficult to imagine how the pope thinks global government can be reconciled to the Church's condemnation of abortion and euthanasia.