San Antonio, Texas, Aug 9, 2013 / 03:03 am
A message of healing and compassion should always be at the center of the abortion debate and is the basis of Church teaching on the issue, according to the founder of a post-abortion apostolate.
"We always need to speak the healing message," because "this question of God's mercy and love, it really is the message of the Church," Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, told CNA Aug 7.
Thorn's comments came the day after Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley delivered an address at the Knights of Columbus supreme convention in which he said Pope Francis "speaks of love and mercy to give people the context for the Church's teaching on abortion."
Some news outlets cast those comments as saying that Pope Francis "prefers to talk love, not abortion," as though the Archbishop of Boston had set up a dichotomy between the two.