Vatican Cardinal: Europeans Must ‘Reawaken Consciences’ After Abortion Vote| National Catholic Register

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Leonardo Sandri has called for a reawakening of consciences in Europe after the European Parliament vote in favor of describing abortion as “essential healthcare.” “The only one whom one should serve is Christ our Lord, and no other ideology or worldview, where often behind fine rhetoric, in reality, the vision of man is narrowed and his dignity is debased,” the cardinal said in a homily on June 28. / Congregation for the Eastern Churches “An example of this is the Europe of our time, which in the context of an unprecedented world crisis — with risks not only for public health, but also for work and the protection of the most vulnerable groups — finds the time to approve a report that defines abortion as a fundamental human right.” The Vatican prefect described the vote as “a dangerous anthropological drift before which we must awaken our consciences for a renewed alliance to authentic service to humanity.” The EU’s law-making body voted June 24 in favor of a report seeking to redefine conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care.” In addition to describing abortion as an “essential” health service and rejecting conscientious objection, the report declares that violations of “sexual and reproductive health and rights” are “a form of violence against women and girls.” Members of the European Parliament, voted by 378 votes in favor, 255 against, and 42 abstentions, to adopt the report at a plenary session in Brussels, Belgium. Only two of the EU’s 27 member states — Poland and Malta — do not permit abortion on demand or on broad social grounds.

Vatican Cardinal: Europeans Must ‘Reawaken Consciences’ After Abortion Vote| National Catholic Register

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