Loading
Abortion in Mexico
Holy See denies political meddling by Pope in Mexico abortion controversy

.- The sub-director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Ciro Benedettini, denied this week that Pope Benedict XVI meddled in Mexican politics by sending a letter to the country’s bishops expressing his concern over a proposed law that was passed this week legalizing abortion in Mexico City.

“This is not the first time there has been such a pronouncement,” Father Benedettini said, “because in matters like these the Pope cannot help but intervene, although he does so as a Catholic leader and not as a head of State.”

When the Holy Father “makes a pronouncement, it is not for the advantage of the Vatican or of the Church, but rather for the benefit of the nation he is addressing, because the issue is the defense of universal and transcendent values,” he said.

When it comes to issues such as abortion or euthanasia, Father Benedettini continued, the Pope “looks at the ethics and not the politics” and he intervenes regarding what he considers to be “unrenounceable values.”  Likewise, he underscored that the Holy See always condemns “all attacks against life.”

Several days ago, the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico made public a letter from Pope Benedict XVI expressing his support of the campaign for life in Mexico and against the legalization of abortion.  Leftist lawmakers attacked the letter, calling on the government to issue a “statement of protest” against the Pope’s supposed meddling in Mexican politics.

On Tuesday the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City legalized abortion up to the twelfth week of pregnancy, despite protests from the Catholic Church and pro-life groups, who are preparing to challenge the law’s constitutionality.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors
Jul
22

Liturgical Calendar

July 22, 2014

Saint Mary Magdalene

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-43

Gospel
Date
07/20/14
07/19/14
07/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Mic 7: 14-15, 18-20

Saint of the Day

St. Mary Magdalene »

Saint
Date

Homily of the Day

Mt 12:38-42

Homily
Date
07/21/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: