Published On: Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015

Obama administration dodges question on Pope Francis stance on abortion with global warming

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he was not aware that Pope Francis said in his climate change encyclical that it’s “incompatible” to be concerned about protecting the environment while also being pro-abortion.

Asked Monday whether it was safe to assume that the White House strongly disagrees with that portion of the encyclical, Earnest told TheBlaze, “I didn’t actually see that portion of it, so why don’t we take a look and I’ll get you a reaction.”

Francis equated efforts to save the environment as incompatible with supporting abortion.

“Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion,” Francis said. “How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away.”

A portrait of Pope Francis taken in Vatican City on August 5, 2014.   Photo credit: Daniele Cataldi/Demotix/Corbis courtesy of Weta.org

A portrait of Pope Francis taken in Vatican City on August 5, 2014. Photo credit: Daniele Cataldi/Demotix/Corbis courtesy of Weta.org

“I welcome His Holiness Pope Francis’s encyclical, and deeply admire the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action on global climate change,” Obama said last week. “As Pope Francis so eloquently stated this morning, we have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children’s children, from the damaging impacts of climate change.

“I believe the United States must be a leader in this effort, which is why I am committed to taking bold actions at home and abroad to cut carbon pollution, to increase clean energy and energy efficiency, to build resilience in vulnerable communities, and to encourage responsible stewardship of our natural resources,” he said. “We must also protect the world’s poor, who have done the least to contribute to this looming crisis and stand to lose the most if we fail to avert it.”

The media has been quiet on the correlation the Holy See made  – more details at Newsbusters.

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