Pope Francis: Being Pro-Life is the Foundation of Human Rights.

A few weeks ago, Pope Francis spoke to Italian pro-life leaders. He talked about being pro-life as a prerequisite for being pro-justice, pro-human rights, etc.

He stated that:

“Voluntarily extinguishing life in its blossoming is, in every case, a betrayal of our vocation, as well as of the pact that binds generations together, which allows us to look forward with hope. Where there is life, there is hope! However, when life is violated as it starts, what remains is no longer the grateful and enchanted welcome of a gift, but a cold calculation of what we have and what we can use. Then life is reduced to a one-time-use consumer good.”

Pope Francis continues in his address to the Italian Pro-life leaders:

“In your cultural action, you have testified frankly that those who have been conceived are children of the whole society. Their killing in huge numbers, with the endorsement of the States, is a serious problem that undermines the foundations of the construction of justice, compromising the proper solution of any other human and social issue.”

Fr. Matthew P. Schneider’s analysis of the Pope’s pro-life speech is something we all should ponder and pray on. Fr. Schneider believes that Pope Francis is adamantly pro-life. He also thinks it is essential to extend this belief to other forms of injustice. Many have heard Pope Francis promote a fuller pro-life vision; he invites audiences to think not just about unborn babies but also about helping children who need food or parents who need a job. However, we sometimes forget it goes the other way around too.

In his speech, Francis speaks about the broader effects of killing babies. First, it destroys hope, which is the foundation of how we look to the future and how we hand on our duties to the younger generations. Second, he points out that killing babies undermines the foundations of justice. Protecting these most innocent and helpless humans provides an avenue for discussion of justice for other human rights. So, the big question is; how can anyone be so adamant about some rights while denying the fundamental right to life?

We need to pray that our society can realize the need to protect the right to life as a foundation for other rights.

Find Fr. Matthew P. Scheider's original Blog Post here