The first 24-hour cycle after the overturn of Roe v Wade saw a spectrum of public responses ranging from jubilation to violence. While many leftist pundits, personalities, and politicians have angrily called for “action”, a department of the Vatican has actually come out in praise of the decision.
Pope Francis himself has yet to release a statement on the US Supreme Court ruling, however, the Pontifical Academy of Life did release an official statement.
As per the Catholic News Agency:
The Pontifical Academy of Life said Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade “challenges the whole world.”
“The court’s opinion shows how the issue of abortion continues to arouse heated debate. The fact that a large country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position on this issue also challenges the whole world,” the Vatican academy wrote in a statement on June 24.
“The protection and defense of human life is not an issue that can remain confined to the exercise of individual rights, but instead is a matter of broad social significance. After 50 years, it is important to reopen a non-ideological debate on the place that the protection of life has in a civil society to ask ourselves what kind of coexistence and society we want to build,” it said.
The academy’s statement was the first official reaction to the court’s decision issued by an entity linked to the Roman Curia. Pope Francis has condemned abortion using strong language, referring to it as “murder” and on multiple occasions comparing the act of killing an unborn child to hiring a “hitman” to solve a problem.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the academy, said: “In the face of Western society that is losing its passion for life, this act is a powerful invitation to reflect together on the serious and urgent issue of human generativity and the conditions that make it possible.”
Despite the statement, many Christian conservatives are leery of the Vatican, Pope Francis in particular, as he has met many times with pro-abortion Democrats.
Pope Francis has even called Joe Biden “a good Catholic”.
The lack of a statement from Francis comes amid speculation the Pontiff is poised to step down, ostensibly for health reasons.