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 popeâs homily involved being faithful to reject âinhumanâ economic policies that disenfranchise the poor and âthe spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife.â ... 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 âspiritual cancerâ 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.