PORTUGAL: CARD. POLICARPO’S LETTER FOR THE REFERENDUM ON ABORTION OF 11 FEBRUARY (2)

” “"This does not mean – went on the Patriarch of Lisbon, nonetheless – that the parish priest and the Christian community cannot organise, in different places and at different times, public explanatory debates, involving experts from different health-care and social areas". In conclusion, card. Policarpo recalled that the Christian response to the rejection of God’s Commandment "thou shall not kill" lies "in forgiveness, in asking God for help" and in applying what John Paul II called the ‘fantasy of love’: "Saying no to a law that would make abortion easier must mean saying yes to the requirements of fraternal love, inventing forms of assistance and solidarity for all those women for whom motherhood has become a problem and is a time of bewilderment and temptation". ” ” ” ” ” “

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