“Aware that hearing a pope return to this topic will annoy many….”

It is with this caveat that Pope Francis introduces the tough words he dedicates to abortion in his latest book “Let Us Dream,” which on December 1 hit store shelves all over the world.

And that’s the way it is. Whenever he touches on this subject, Francis by no means enjoys good press. On the contrary, he is systematically ignored.

And yet just recently the pope has spoken out not once but several times against abortion, prompted by his Argentina, where the current president, the Peronist Alberto Fernandez, aims to pass a law that would liberalize the killing of the unborn child. 

Francis delivered the first blow in the handwritten letter he addressed on November 22 to a group of women from the slums of Buenos Aires who have been fighting against the legalization of abortion since 2018.

Settimo Cielo reproduced this letter in its entirety, with its bluntest passage presenting these two questions: “Is it right to eliminate a human life in order to solve a problem? And is it right to hire a hitman in order to solve a problem?”

There’s more. In another handwritten letter of December 1 to a group of Argentine former pupils, Francis repeats once again those two blunt questions of his: “1) ¿Es justo eliminar una vida humana para resolver un problema? Y 2) ¿Es justo alquilar un sicario para resolver un problema?”.

Bergoglio also takes pains to highlight his twofold distancing: from former Peronist president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, with whom he says he “has had no contact” since she left office, and from Juan Grabois, leading organizer of the “popular movements” otherwise so dear to the pope, whom he appointed as consultant to the Vatican dicastery for promoting integral human development.

And the reason – he writes – for this distancing is that both of them pretend to be much closer to and friendlier with the pope than they really are. With the result that the media end up attributing to me, Francis, not “what I say,” but what others “say that I say.”

In a postscript to the letter the pope refers, as far as his judgment on the media is concerned, to nos. 42-53 of the encyclical “Brothers all,” where the subtitles are certainly not benevolent: “The illusion of communication”; “Shameless aggression”; “Information without wisdom”; “Forms of subjection and self-contempt.”

Full story at L’Espresso.