Pope Francis: Thou Shall Not Kill ‘innocent Budding Life’


Yesterday, Pope Francis gave one of his strongest statements against abortion to date during the General Audience during when he reflected on the 5th Commandment: ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’, and challenged common arguments used to support the violence of abortion.

Pope Francis began by explaining that the 5th Commandment, next in his series of teachings on the Ten Commandments, concerns relations with one’s neighbor and “stands as a wall of defense of the basic value in human relations”. He posed the question, “And what is the basic value in human relations?” and answered, “The value of life. Therefore, do not kill.”

He explained the far-reaching impact of the Commandment stating, “It could be said that all the evil done in the world is summarized in this: the contempt for life”.

In his reflection, Pope Francis can be observed challenging the pro-abortion falsehood that the very act of abortion is a so-called woman’s right or a reproductive right as he described abortion as permitting “the suppression of human life in the maternal womb in the name of safeguarding other rights”. He states that this is “a contradictory approach” to the command to value life and not kill.

In regard to so-called therapeutic abortion for broad physical or mental health of the mother, as a ‘civil right, or simply as an act that professes to be human, Pope Francis posed the following questions:

“But how can an act that suppresses innocent and defenseless budding human life be therapeutic, civil or simply human? I ask you: it is right to do away with a human life to solve a problem? Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? One cannot do this, it is not right to do away with a human being, albeit small, to solve a problem. It is like hiring a hitman to solve a problem.”

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