The pope’s comments on Wednesday came as abortion has once again progressed and amid politics in both the United States and Mexico.
This month, the nation’s most restrictive abortion law came into force in Texas, and the Biden administration has done so. gone to court to try to block it. And the Supreme Court is scheduled to pass an abortion law in Mississippi in a case that anti-abortion campaigns hope will overturn the abortion law precedents set by Roe v. Wade in 1973 and subsequent convictions.
Mexico’s Supreme Court announced last week a ruling that decriminalized abortion in the country.
Francis was not asked about, and did not address, US or Mexican legal action.
But he spoke candidly on other issues, including anti-Semitism – it “makes a revival, it’s fashionable, it’s an ugly, ugly” – and his brief meeting on Sunday with Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary, noting that the Hungarian leader’s policy against immigrants had not come up in their interaction.
Asked about the European Parliament’s resolution this month calling on Member States to recognize same-sex marriages in European countries where such unions are possible, Francis reiterated that marriage was a sacrament and that there were civil laws to “help the situation of many people who have a other sexual orientation. ”
The pope, who has taken a particularly tolerant stance on homosexuals compared to his predecessors, spoke of civil unions as a way of meeting people’s needs. But he said that “marriage is marriage” between “a man and a woman”. People of different sexual orientations can participate in the life of the Church, he said, “but please, do not let the Church deny its truth.”
Francis also reiterated his belief that coronavirus vaccinations were critical after being asked about Christians in Slovakia being shared about vaccination. He apparently referred to an American cardinal, Raymond Burke, which disseminates misinformation about vaccines and was then treated for Covid-19 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.