• <p>Pope Francis stars in a scene from the documentary &ldquo;Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.&rdquo; (CNS photo by Focus)  </p>

    Pope Francis stars in a scene from the documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.” (CNS photo by Focus)

Film on Pope Francis omits critical issue of abortion

Catholic Courier    |    07.02.2018
Category: Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

What is often most important in a conversation or presentation of an issue is not just what is said, but what is not said. I found that to be true after viewing the movie “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.”

As in any film, the screen writers, producers and directors have their vision or agenda of what they want to convey. There were many important ideas that the filmmakers conveyed on Pope Francis such as his reminder that we are all brothers and sisters, to care for the poor and to care for the earth.

Unfortunately, this movie is just another example of the modern media where pre-born children are left in the shadows. This approach continues the falsehood of what abortion really does to the POOREST, most invisible, voiceless, defenseless, powerless, vulnerable, innocent lives in our society, as well as the most unequal and excluded of any human beings in the world.

Pope Francis has spoken on behalf of the pre-born, but how can a movie leave out completely his words of an injustice where 125,000 pre-born children lives are ended every day and every year in our world by abortions.

The right to life is the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other rights. “The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is just not one issue among many. It must always be opposed” (US Bishops FCFC # 28).

Father Jim Hewes

Greece, NY

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