Reuters: Pope tosses conservatives a bone by opposing abortion, or something; Update: AFP misses the point too
posted at 9:23 am on January 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
As Erick Erickson remarked:
This may be the stupidest headline and premise of a story ever. Way to go Reuters. http://t.co/Is43j2Uzli
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 13, 2014
Pretty much every word in this Reuters piece is nonsense, including the words “the” and “and”:
Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice “horrific”.
The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his “State of the World” address.
“It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” he said in a section of the speech about the rights of children around the world.
Since his election in March, the pope, while showing no signs of changing the Church’s position against abortion, has not spoken out against it as sternly or as repeatedly as his predecessors Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II.
Both of those popes often delivered sermons against abortion, which the Church considers murder.
Pope Francis has been speaking out forcefully against abortion during the entirety of his pontificate. It’s just that the media isn’t terribly interested in covering it. It doesn’t fit their narrative of the “progressive Pope,” so it usually gets ignored until it comes to suggesting that a Pope teaches Catholic doctrine as some sort of bone-tossing exercise.
Update: A hilarious, if somewhat NSFW, response from Jon Henke:
— Jon Henke (@JonHenke) January 13, 2014
Update: AFP does slightly better in avoiding Reuters’ foolishness by treating this as a political “bone,” but that’s not to say AFP doesn’t pull a bonehead move, too:
Pope Francis on Monday issued his strongest condemnation yet of abortion, calling it a symptom of a “throwaway culture” that placed too little value on human life. …
“Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as ‘unnecessary’. For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day.”
Pope Francis has spoken out on abortion far less than his predecessor Benedict XVI, and drew criticism from some conservative Catholics when he used his first interview as pope to call for “mercy” toward homosexuals, divorced people and women who have abortions.
Perhaps AFP should have paid more attention to Francis, or at least read his Evangelii Gaudium from just a little over a month ago. In paragraph 53, Francis talks about the “throw away culture” that includes abortion. He did the same in September of last year when speaking to a group of doctors.
I’m glad that the press is covering these teachings of Pope Francis, but to pretend this is somehow inconsistent is just nonsense.