The pope’s comments on Wednesday came as abortion has once again moved to center and center in politics in both the United States and Mexico.
This month, the nation’s most restrictive abortion law went into effect in Texas, as did the Biden administration Went to court to try to stop him. Mississippi’s abortion law is due to be adopted by the Supreme Court in a case anti-abortion activists hope will overturn Roe v. Wade’s 1973 abortion rights precedent and subsequent rulings.
Last week, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that Abortion without criminalization in the country.
Francis was not asked about, nor did he address, US or Mexican legal proceedings.
He spoke candidly about other issues, though, including the rise of anti-Semitism – it’s “resurrected, it’s fashionable, it’s an ugly, ugly thing” – and his brief Sunday meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, noting that the Hungarian leader’s policies Anti-immigration did not appear in their interaction.
Asked about a European Parliament resolution this month calling on member states to recognize same-sex marriage in European countries where such marriages are possible, Francis reiterated that marriage was a sacrament and that there were civil laws that “help the situations of many”. People with different sexual orientations.”
The Pope, who has taken a remarkably tolerant attitude towards homosexuals compared to his predecessors, spoke of civil unions as a way to meet people’s needs. But he said that “marriage is a marriage” between “a man and a woman”. He said that people of different sexual orientations can participate in the life of the church, “but please, do not make the church deny its truth.”
Francis also reiterated his belief that coronavirus vaccines were crucial after being asked about the division of Christians in Slovakia over vaccination. He made explicit reference to American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who spread misinformation about the vaccine and then were treated for Covid-19 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.