A high-ranking Vatican official stunned Catholics during a recent television interview by inadvertently confirming the Catholic Church’s retreat from one of its fundamental moral positions — a retreat FrontPage Magazine explored more than a year ago.
The official in question said on Italy’s national network Aug. 26 that the church had no interest in opposing that nation’s law allowing abortion. Enacted in 1978, Law 194 legalizes abortions in the first trimester and permits them afterward only if the mother’s life is in danger or if the fetus displays “serious abnormalities or malformations,” the law states.
That official even had the audacity to say that Law 194 represented “a pillar of our social life.” When pressed whether the church would view the law as up for debate, the official replied, “No, absolutely not.”
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
Astonishingly, the Vatican official who made those remarks was Cardinal Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which Pope John Paul II founded specifically to oppose abortion.
Tommaso Scandroglio, reporter for the Catholic newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, perfectly described the impact: “It is as if the president of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League is declaring himself in favor of the Holocaust.”
Paglia’s remarks reflect Pope Francis’ choice to abandon Catholicism’s historic opposition to abortion in all but name for the sake of his globalist agenda of environmental sustainability and economic equity. FrontPage Magazine discussed that issue in “Suffer the Little Children” in June 2021.
Two months before Paglia’s television appearance, his academy issued a feeble official response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. That response provided the basis for an editorial in the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. It also expresses Francis’ globalist worldview.
“The protection and defense of human life is not an issue that can remain confined to the exercise of individual rights but instead is a matter of broad social significance,” the response read. “After 50 years, it is important to reopen a non-ideological debate on the place that the protection of life has in a civil society to ask ourselves what kind of coexistence and society we want to build.
“It is a question of developing political choices that promote conditions of existence in favor of life without falling into a priori ideological positions. This also means ensuring adequate sexual education, guaranteeing health care accessible to all and preparing legislative measures to protect the family and motherhood, overcoming existing inequalities… (Emphasis added)”
Vatican News, the official news portal, used another editorial to examine abortion in the context of poverty and race.
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