Pope Francis has been a hero for the Left since taking power.
They see him as an ally.
But leftists are about to turn on Pope Francis after what he said about abortion.
Pope Francis has faced intense criticism from conservative Catholics for years.
He has continually made left-wing statements on everything from homosexuality and the climate, even seemingly endorsing socialism at one point.
But one part he has been unclear on is abortion.
He hasn’t talked about it as much, purposefully, due to the fact that he feels that the Church focuses on the issue too much.
But on a flight returning from Slovakia, Pope Francis spoke on the issue a bit, while answering questions from reporters.
During the flight, he was asked his opinion on the debate within the U.S. Bishops Conference about whether Joe Biden, and other pro-abortion politicians should be denied Holy Communion.
He didn’t give a clear answer to that question in particular, stating: “I never denied communion to anyone. But I never knew that I had in front of me anyone such as you described, that is true.”
“Communion is not a prize for the perfect . . . communion is a gift, the presence of Jesus and his church,” the Pope continued.
But he did weigh in on the abortion debate.
And Democrats won’t like what he had to say.
“Abortion is murder. Those who carry out abortions kill,” Pope Francis said.
“At the third week after conception, often even before the mother is aware (of being pregnant), all the organs are already (starting to develop). It is a human life. Period. And this human life has to be respected. It is very clear,” he said.
“Scientifically, it is a human life,” he added.
Leftists felt they had a strong ally in Pope Francis.
He has often said the right things to them.
But at the end of the day, he at least supports Catholic teachings on that fundamental – and absolutely critical – issue.
Francis later did weigh in on priests speaking out on politically charged issues.
“A pastor knows what to do at any moment but if he leaves the pastoral process of the Church he immediately becomes a politician,” he said.
He may have a point insofar as it goes.
But often issues that may be “political,” are also vital to fight for – or against.
While abortion may be a political issue to some, it should be a moral issue with it involving the murder of innocent life.