Friday, September 30, 2011
Did Pope Benedict pressure the Mexican Supreme Court on its abortion decision?
"The bishop of Mexicali, José Isidro Guerrero Macías, has confirmed that a call from Benedict XVI changed the decision of the Supreme Court concerning laws which protect the right to life in the state of Baja, California (on Mexico's Pacific coast)." According to the bishop, "Yesterday (Wednesday) we had almost lost it, but a call from the Pope -- I don't know to whom -- changed everything. That's the Church, the Work of God, where the family is (so important), where the unborn child is awaited with love."
The Supreme Court has flatly denied the bishop's claims.
Update Friday, Sept. 30, 10:00 a.m. The Vatican is also denying the story today. A spokesman for the Holy See said, "The report has no basis. I recommend that you ask [Bishop Guerrero Macías] where he got this information. [In any matter] it would be extremely rare for the Holy Father to apply pressure [to anyone] by a telephone call."
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