Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pope Francis denounces abortion is speech to doctors

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts Friday to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church as he denounced abortion as a symptom of today's "throw-away culture" and urged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.

He issued a strong antiabortion message and cited Vatican teaching on the need to defend the unborn during an audience with Catholic gynecologists.

It came a day after Francis was quoted as blasting the church's obsession with "small-minded rules" that are driving the faithful away and urging it to focus instead on being merciful and welcoming — an interview that has sent shock waves throughout the church.

On Friday Francis denounced today's "throw-away culture" and urged the gynecologists to abide by their consciences and help bring lives into the world.

"Things have a price and can be for sale, but people have a dignity that is priceless and worth far more than things," he said.

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