VATICAN CITY — In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis explained that the Church can never change its teaching on abortion, which is part of a broader understanding of human dignity.
At the same time, he said in the document released Nov. 26, the Church must increase efforts to “accompany” women in difficult pregnancies.
“Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question,” the Pope said of abortion.
“I want to be completely honest in this regard,” he said. “This is not something subject to alleged reforms...READ MORE