Pope Francis raises Book of Gospels during Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican

Is the Pope a Catholic?

It is the question to which the framers of the ‘Dubia’ sought an answer. Now it seems, on two of the hot button topics in the current culture wars, Francis has come out, unequivocally for once, on the side of the angels.

Abandoning his prepared speech, he spoke off the cuff to the Forum of the Italian Family Associations on June 16:

On ‘gay marriage’:

The greatest gift God gave to humanity is the family, because after the story of the creation of man, God shows us that he created man and woman in his image and likeness, and Jesus himself, when he speaks of marriage, he says: ‘Man will leave his father and mother and his wife will become one flesh.’ Because they are the image and likeness of God. You are an icon of God: the family is an icon of God. the woman: it is precisely the image of God. He has said it, I do not say it, and this is great, it is sacred.

Today – it hurts to say – we are talking about ‘diversified’ families: different types of families Yes, it is true that the word ‘family’ is an analogical word, because we talk about the ‘family’ of the stars, the ‘families’ of the trees, of the ‘families’ of animals … It is an analogical word, but the human family as an image of God, man and woman, is only one.

On elective abortion:

Children are the greatest gift: children who welcome themselves as they come, as God sends them, as God permits – even if sometimes they are sick. I heard that it is fashionable – or at least it is habitual – in the first months of pregnancy to make certain examinations, to see if the child is not well, or comes with some problem … The first proposal in that case is: ‘Shall we send him away?’ The murder of children; out an innocent.

When I was a boy, the teacher taught us history and told us what the Spartans were doing when a child was born with malformations: they took him to the mountain and threw him down, to treat ‘the purity of the race.’ And we remained stunned: ‘But how , how can you do this, poor children!’  It was an atrocity. Today we do the same.You wondered why you do not see so many dwarves on the street? Because the protocol of so many doctors – many, not all – is to do the question: ‘Is it bad?’ I say this with grief: in the last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to treat the purity of the race, but today we do the same, but with white gloves.

Praise the Lord! Now say that in Ireland.

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