Did Francis, in a Backhanded Way, Endorsed Universal Access to Abortion, Again? & is there a Francis Pattern in GoodCatholicBidengate to Barroslettergate to Lettergate to Hellgate?
It’s always funny to see Francis conservative Catholics comically falling over backwards jumping through hoops to defend Francis’s latest backhanded seeming way of endorsing universal access to abortion. The latest example is the Catholic Thing website’s take on GoodCatholicBidengate:
The pope may have not expected this – one hopes he didn’t expect it – but to anyone with even a passing familiarity with how these things play out in American media and American politics, it’s the least surprising thing in the world. The president received the papal seal of approval – “Good Catholic. . .keep going to Communion” – and then resumed his previously scheduled campaign for abortion without missing a beat.
One wonders if the pope is aware that the U.S. Supreme Court is as close as it has ever been to overturning Roe v. Wade (imagine: a developed country actually rolling back the abortion license) and that he is, more than ever, perceived as an ally of the Church’s primary opposition and counter-witness in that fight…
… One wonders if the Holy Father knows this. Does he know that the model of engagement he advocates has been the pastoral status quo (with few exceptions) for more than 40 years, and that Biden (and others) have used that interminable dialogue as a pretense for using their Catholic faith as political cover for promoting abortion. The freshness of that dialogue turned rancid long ago. [https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2021/11/04/who-benefits-from-the-status-quo/]
Wow, so the “model of engagement he advocates has been the pastoral status quo (with few exceptions) for more than 40 years.” Someone I guess forgot to tell Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 about that “model of engagement”: