But that tone changed again today, when Francis blasted abortions as a symptom of today's "throw-away culture" and urged Catholic gynecologists to bring lives into the world. "Every child that isn't born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord," he said.
Is he flip-flopping to assuage the more conservative Catholics put off by his comments Thursday? Possibly, but it's also likely that those comments were misinterpreted by a public eager for papal reform, especially considering Francis' encouraging interview a couple months ago when he said that it was not his place to judge homosexuals.
The Vatican's senior communications adviser, Greg Burke, told the AP, "The pope is not condemning his predecessors. What he is saying is 'We've spent a lot of time talking about the boundaries. We've spent a lot of time talking about what is sin and what's not. Now let's move on. Let's talk about mercy. Let's talk about love.'" (AP)