Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching.
But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion statement Saturday during his visit to South Korea, stopping to pray at a monument for aborted babies in a community dedicated to caring for people with the sort of severe genetic disabilities that are often used to justify abortions.
Francis bowed his head in prayer before the monument â€” a garden strewn with simple white wooden crosses â€” and spoke with an anti-abortion activist with no arms and no legs....
His Unholiness Franny wrote: The main message from the popeâ€™s homily involved being faithful to reject â€śinhumanâ€ť economic policies that disenfranchise the poor and â€śthe spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife.â€ť ... He also met young Asians at the Shrine of Solmoe. His message: the "labor markets think youths are disposable," and the Korean public should be aware of â€śspiritual cancerâ€ť of materialism.
"The church's pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently," Francis said at the time. "We have to find a new balance..."
Very interesting. Just like the mega churches pastors have discovered the secret to keeping and drawing in enormous flocks, the pope is also working on finding a happy medium which will allow him to offend as few as possible. He hasn't quite nailed it down yet but he is well on his way when I consider his logic and previous comments. Another fence straddler.