On his flight back to Rome after his tour of Slovakia, Pope Francis spoke with the accredited press and made statements on numerous topics: he reiterated his opposition to abortion, lashed out at anti-vaccines, in addition to showing himself open to the idea of civil union for homosexuals.
In relation to one of the issues of the moment, such as vaccination, the pontiff affirmed that don’t understand why people refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, noting that “humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines.”
“Even in the College of Cardinals, there are some deniers”, confessed the Pope in statements to the press.
He pointed out that one of them, “the poor man,” had to be hospitalized due to the virus. That was an apparent reference to American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator after contracting the coronavirus last month.
He hypothesized that the “virulence of uncertainty” was due to the diversity of COVID-19 vaccines, the speed of their approval, fear, and the plethora of “arguments that created this divide.”
Medical experts say that vaccines have been tested and used in millions of people and have been shown to are effective in reducing hospitalizations severe deaths and deaths from coronavirus.
Significantly, Francis did not cite the religious argument used by some who reject vaccines. Some conservatives do not want to be vaccinated, arguing the remote and indirect connection with cell lines derived from aborted fetuses.
The Vatican’s office of doctrine has said it is “morally acceptable” for Catholics to receive COVID-19 vaccines based on research that used cells derived from aborted fetuses.
Francisco has said that it would be “suicide” not to receive the vaccine and both he and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have already been vaccinated with the two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech.
Abortion and civil union
During his meeting with the press, Francisco reiterated his already well-known opposition to abortion, which he called “a homicide”, an equivalent to “hiring a hit man to solve a problem.” However, he was open to the possibility of civil unions for homosexual men and women.
“Marriage is only between a man and a woman, it is a sacrament and the Church does not have the power to change the sacraments, but there are laws that civilly seek to help many people of diverse sexual orientation, It is important to help people, but without imposing things that, by their nature, in the Church do not go, “said Pope Francis responding to journalists on the flight back from Slovakia.
The pontiff pointed to the example of the French law of the PACS (civil pact of solidarity), “but without this having to do with homosexual weddings: they can use them but marriage, as a sacrament, is man-woman.”
With information from the AP and ANSA agency