The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has hit out at Madonna after the American pop star said she wants a meeting with Pope Francis to question the Church’s pro-life teachings.
Speaking on Australian talk show Andrew Denton’s Interview, the 60-year-old singer said she’d like to discuss abortion with the Holy Father and ask him what Jesus’ opinion would be.
“Let’s talk about Jesus’ point of view about women,” she said. “Let’s talk about it. What do you really think he thought of women? And don’t you think Jesus would agree that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body?”
However, John Deighan, SPUC’s deputy CEO, accused the singer of being “detached from reality or common sense” and instead urged her to think about the innocent lives and damage being done by abortion.
“Sadly, like much of the insight on social issues given by celebrities, Madonna’s views on abortion are detached from reality or common sense. Can she really have thought through her view that a woman can use her body in anyway, including to killing the defenceless?” Mr Deighan told The Catholic Universe.
“If only she spent some time thinking about the innocent life lost in abortion as well as the damage done to mothers who are often pushed to abortion as an act of desperation.”
Madonna remained optimistic that Pope Francis might invite her to talk on the issue, saying: “One day he might invite me. I think this one might…I think he would be open to having that conversation with me.”
However, the Holy Father has previously condemned abortion, stating that it “is never the answer” and likened it to hiring a hitman.
Speaking at the Vatican last month, the pope said the Catholic Church’s total opposition to abortion is not primarily a religious position, but a human one.
“Just two phrases, two questions, can help us understand this,” he said during a meeting on medical care for “extremely fragile” babies and on the pastoral care of their parents.
“First question: Is it licit to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Second question: Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?
“No,” he said, “it is not licit. Never ever eliminate a human life nor hire a hitman to resolve a problem.”
Picture: Madonna in concert. (Britta Pedersen/DPA).