Pope Francis made it clear on Monday that children are not commodities to be bought and sold as he made a speech condemning the practice of surrogacy, which is using a woman to be impregnated and carry a child to term and handing it over to a couple who couldn’t have a baby of their own. This has been growing in popularity among the LGBTQ community, which absolutely abominable, seeing as how that kid will be denied what he or she truly needs, which is a nuclear family comprised of a biologically male father and female mother. You know, the way God initially designed the family.
According to the Daily Wire, the pope referred to the act of surrogacy as “despicable” while delivering an annual foreign policy address to ambassadors representing 184 countries. In light of the fact that just a few weeks ago, Pope Francis deemed it okay to bless same-sex marriages, all eyes are on him for pretty much anything that might come out of his mouth. Fortunately, what he said here is absolutely right on the money.
“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child,” Francis stated in the address.
Here’s more from the report:
The pope said surrogacy exploits the surrogate mother’s financial situation and said an unborn child must not be “turned into an object of trafficking.”
He called for a global ban “to prohibit this practice universally.”
“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis added as part of the speech.
The Catholic Church prohibits couples from using a surrogate mother and teaches that conception must only occur through the marital act between husband and wife. This is not the first time Francis has explicitly condemned surrogacy.
In 2022, he condemned the “inhumane and increasingly widespread practice” of a “uterus for rent,” saying it is almost always poor women who are exploited in this way and the unborn children are “treated as commodities.”
Referring to the practice as renting out a uterus is the perfect way to explain it. Believe it or not, many women who are stuck in financial crisis will turn to being a surrogate as a means of making a living. The process is usually costly for those seeking to utilize it, often coming with a price tag over $100,000.
Of course, a ton of celebrities have made use of the procedure which has led to it becoming normalized, despite its inherent immorality. Kim Kardashian, Anderson Cooper, Paris Hilton, Jimmy Fallon, and Nick Jonas have all hired women to carry their unborn babies.
In 2022, the global commercial surrogacy industry was estimated to be worth more than $14 billion, according to Global Market Insights.
The pope’s annual address to the countries with diplomatic relations with the Vatican, sometimes called his “State of the World” address, provides the pontiff with the opportunity to speak about the world’s current conflicts and injustices.
Francis took that opportunity during his remarks Monday, naming several ongoing issues, including the “large-scale war waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” a more pointed comment on Russia’s role in the conflict than he usually offers.
The pope also weighed in on the conflict raging at the moment between Hamas and Israel, climate change (sigh), artificial intelligence, and a number of other big hot button issues that are being discussed all over the world.