Pope Francis Likens Abortion To Nazi Policy
He also reiterated the Catholic belief that a family consists of a mother and a father.
What you need to know
- Pope Francis has compared abortion and Nazi Eugenics
- He has also said that the human family should only consist of a man and a woman as parents
- The Catholic Church has always taught against the practice of abortion
Pope Francis has compared abortion to avoid birth defects with the Nazi era ideology of creating a pure race.
Speaking to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome the Pope said that terminating pregnancies sought to create a pure race at the hands of "white gloves."
"I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves," he said to the delegation.
It was Nazi policy during the Second World War to allow only the birth of children what didn't have any physical or mental disabilities. It was policy to abort babies or to sterilise people who had a defect.
This quest for a pure race was part of a policy driven by Eugenics, the science of improving a population by controlling breeding to stamp out undesirable characteristics.
The Pope continued his speech to the delegation by reiterating the traditional Catholic view that a human family consists of a man and a woman.
"Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of 'diversified' families: different types of families," he said.
"It is true that the word 'family' is an analogical word, because we speak of the 'family' of stars, 'family' of trees, 'family' of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one."
The Catholic Archdioceses of Sydney has defended the Pope's comments, saying that all humans have a right to life, disability or not.
"Pope Francis’ confronting words serve to highlight the awful marginalisation of people with disabilities, which begins before they are born," Director of the Life, Marriage and Family Centre Christopher Gordon told ten daily.
"All human beings have a right to life, which is not dependent on their disability status."
Pro-Abortion groups in Australia however, site women's right to choose as motivation of their campaigns.
In early June a law in NSW was passed establishing 150-metre exclusion zones around abortion clinics in the state. The law makes it illegal to communicate, film or intimidate a woman near abortion clinics as a means of protecting patients.
The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is morally wrong. According to Catholic Catechism all unborn babies should be treated with equal human rights from point of conception.
"Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion," the Catechism reads.
"This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law."
The Catholic Church In Australia and Reproductive Choice Australia have been contacted for comment.