Pope Francis has denounced abortion as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics programme and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.
The Holy Father spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association, ditching his prepared remarks to speak from the heart about families and the trials they undergo.
He lamented how some couples choose not to have any children, while others resort to pre-natal testing to see if their baby has any malformations or genetic problems.
“The first proposal in such a case is, ‘Do we get rid of it?'” the pope said.
“The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent.”
He recalled that, as a child, he was horrified to hear stories from his teacher about children “thrown from the mountain” if they were born with malformations.
“Today we do the same thing,” he said.
“Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” the pope said.
He urged families to accept children “as God gives them to us”.
The pope has repeated the strict pro-life stance of his predecessors and integrated it into his broader condemnation of what he calls today’s “throw-away culture.”
He has frequently lamented how the sick, the poor, the elderly and the unborn are considered unworthy of protection and dignity by a society that prizes instead individual prowess.
He has also decried how women are often considered part of this “throw-away culture,” sometimes forced to prostitute themselves.
“How many of you pray for these women who are thrown away, for these women who are used, for these girls who have to sell their own dignity to have a job?” the pope asked during his morning homily on Friday.
The pope has dedicated much of his pontificate to preaching about families, marriage and the problems that families today encounter.
He is expected to highlight these issues during his August trip to Ireland where he will close out the Catholic Church’s big family rally, the World Meeting of Families.
Picture: Pope Francis salutes the faithful as he recites the Angelus overlooking St Peter’s Square, at the Vatican on Sunday 17th June 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino).