The Holy See condemns the Matic report
July 20, 2021
Bishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States – the equivalent of the Minister of Foreign Affairs – made known the position of the Holy See on the adoption of the Matic report by MEPs, on the sidelines of a visit to Portugal , July 7, 2021.
“Obviously, it is not difficult to imagine what the position of the Holy See is on this matter. We are against the idea that abortion can be a human right, ”declared the number three of the Secretary of State, interviewed by Radio Renascença.
On June 24, the European Parliament approved – by 378 votes “for”, 255 “against” and 42 abstentions – the Matic report on “reproductive health and rights in the Union, within the framework of women’s health ”(Cf. FSSPX. News of July 2, 2021:“ The European Parliament adopts the Matic report on abortion. ”)
A text which attempts to enshrine abortion as a “right” for all citizens of the countries of the European Union (EU) and which, as a corollary, denies health personnel the right to conscientious objection in this area .
Worse, new demands on the modalities of sex education are now being made.
Asked about the threat to conscientious objection, Bishop Gallagher said: “We are very disappointed that conscience clauses, wherever they exist, in all circumstances, whatever the law, are being eliminated. And we know it’s a growing trend in many parts of the world. So we are also disappointed with this decision. “
It is not enough to be “disappointed” in such a situation. As the representative of the Holy See, it is necessary to present a determined opposition to such an attack on the conscience, and above all on the Catholic conscience, enlightened by faith, which refuses to participate in any way whatsoever in a crime. also obnoxious.
The high prelates have accustomed us too much to this soft and vague answer. Their words should comfort those who will soon be subjected to intolerable pressures: accept or resign; to comfort and support them in the difficult struggle that awaits them.
The Secretary for Relations with States also tried to clear the ground for the complex relations maintained by Pope Francis and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban: the treatment of the current European migration crisis differs depending on whether one is on the shores of the Tiber or those of the Danube.
Thus, when a journalist evokes the lightning-fast passage of Peter’s successor through Hungary, wondering whether this should be seen as a sign of disapproval of the local executive, Bishop Gallagher replies: “No, it is not. this is not a judgment on a government or Hungary. The Pope was very clear from the start that he would go to Budapest exclusively to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress.
A welcome response, because at a time when a false right to abortion is seeking to take hold in Europe, it would be unwise for the Holy See to denigrate a State which opposes the ideological drift of the EU.