September 7, 2015

Time Magazine Censors Pope's Statement on Abortion

Last Friday, Pope Francis held an historic "virtual audience" organized by ABC News. In the course of proceedings, his Holiness congratulated a young, single mother of two, Rosemary Farfan for not aborting her children. After listening to her testimony, Pope Francis thanked her and acknowledged, "it’s not easy" to be a single mother. Using stark language, he described abortion as killing. Apparently, Time magazine felt the need to censor the Pontiff's words; deleting his references to killing — abortion's tragic result. These are Pope Francis' original remarks to Ms. Farfan (censored text in red):
I know that people can sometimes look askance at you. But I’ll tell you one thing. You’re a brave woman because you were capable of bringing these two daughters into the world. You could have killed them inside your womb and you respected life, you respected the life you were carrying inside you and God will reward you for that and He does reward you for that. Don’t be ashamed. Hold your head high. 'I didn’t kill my daughters. I brought them into the world.' I congratulate you.
This is Time's censored version:
"I know that people can sometimes look askance at you. You’re a brave woman because you’re capable of bringing these two daughters into the world. You respected the life you were carrying inside you and God is going to reward you for that and he does reward for you for that. Don’t be ashamed. I congratulate you." 
Brietbart notes:
Time put the above paragraph in quotation marks as if it were the entire text of the Pope’s statement. In reality, as a quick comparison with the Pope’s actual words shows, it elided Francis’ two references to killing as if he had never said them.
Is the reality of abortion so difficult and disquieting that Time must edit the Pontiff''s words? Pope Francis spoke out against abortion because it ignores the sanctity of human life. Thank goodness the Catholic Church advances a culture based on empirical truths and the dignity of the person, not a politically correct sentimentality. If only our fourth estate did likewise.

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