Pope Francis calls abortion activist a ‘great’ woman
Let’s see the Pope Francis defenders defend his latest stunt.
In an interview on February 8, 2016, with one of Italy’s most prominent dailies,Corriere Della Serra, Pope Francis praised Italy’s leading proponent of abortion – Emma Bonino — as one of the nation’s “forgotten greats,” comparing her to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman.
Massimo Franco reports for Corriere Della Serra in “Francis: ‘I Embrace My Orthodox Brethren’,” Feb. 8, 2016, that Pope Francis exhorted Europe to welcome (“smile at”) the refugees and migrants:
“. . . he [Pope Francis] insists . . . that ‘Europe must and can change. It can and must reform itself. If it is unable to financially help the countries from which the refugees come, you must face the problem of how to address this great challenge that is primarily, but not solely, humanitarian….’ . . . Often, using a biblical metaphor, Francis compares the Old Continent [Europe] to Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who was sterile for more than 70 years. So according to the customs of those ancient times, Sarah gave a [female] slave to Abraham, who gave birth to a son. But then, miraculously, Sarah at age 90 became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Francis likes to say that “Europe is like Sarah, who first gets scared but then smiles secretly.” Francis’ hope is that Europe also ‘smiles secretly’ to migrants, and remembers the ‘great forgotten figures’ of Europe’s recent history. Francis is an admirer of the prominent figures of Europe’s renaissance after the Second World War. He quotes the German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, French foreign minister Robert Schuman, and the Italian statesman Alcide De Gasperi. But Francis also points to ‘great forgotten figures’ in our times, for example, the woman mayor of Lampedusa, Giusi Nicolini who has welcomed migrants to her island.Francis named ‘among the greats of today’s Italy’ former President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino . . . . Knowing that his praise of the radical leader [Bonino] may be controversial, Francis argues that ‘she is the person who knows Africa better than anyone and offered the best advice to Italy on learning about Africa.’ Admitting that ‘it is true she [Bonino] thinks very differently from us,’ Francis said, ‘But never mind. We have to look at people, at what they do.‘” Read More