[More FrankenPope zingers from a new aerial press conference]
By Joshua J. McElwee for the National un-Catholic Reporter ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE FROM MEXICO on 2/18/16
1. Another off-the-cuff ex-cathedra statement:
Francis signals opening on contraceptives in deadly Zika cases
In a press conference aboard the papal flight to Rome from Mexico, the pontiff was asked if the grave nature of the virus — which is linked to serious birth defects and is spreading quickly — might make abortion a “lesser evil” for a mother faced with the choice of having a malformed child.
The pope firmly rejected the use of abortion, but said that avoiding pregnancy through contraception is not always evil.
2. A non-endorsement for an American presidential candidate:
Pope Francis questions Donald Trump’s Christianity, says border wall not from Gospel
Pope Francis was asked in the press conference aboard the papal plane for his reaction to Donald Trump’s proposal of a border wall, and what he might say to U.S. Catholics supporting Trump. The pope said he was “not going to get involved” in giving advice about voting.
“I’ll only say that this man is not Christian if he says this,” said the pontiff.