Pope Francis says having abortions after finding birth defects is same as Hitler's pure-breeding programme

The Argentinian-born Pontiff spoke off-the-cuff at an Italian family association meeting, ditching his prepared remarks to speak from the heart.

Francis lamented how some couples choose not to have any children, while others have pre-natal testing to see if their baby has any genetic problems.

He said: “The first proposal in such a case is, 'Do we get rid of it?

“The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent."

Francis recalled that as a child he was horrified to hear stories from his teacher about children "thrown from the mountain" if they were born with disabilities.

"Today we do the same thing," he said.

"Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race.

“Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves.”

Under Adolf Hitler's eugenics programme in Nazi Germany more than 400,000 people were sterilized against their will in an evil bid to "purify" the Aryan race while countless more were executed for not being racially "pure" or for having disabilities.

The leader of the Catholic church has repeated the strict anti-abortion stance of his predecessors and integrated it into his broader condemnation of what he calls today's "throw-away culture."

He has also decried how women are often considered part of this "throw-away culture" and are sometimes forced to prostitute themselves.

Francis has dedicated much of his tenure to preaching about families, marriage and the problems that families today encounter.

He is expected to highlight these issues during his August trip to Ireland where he'll close out the Catholic Church's big family rally.

In May, it was claimed that Francis told a gay man that God loves him during a private meeting.

In a private dialogue, the Pontiff is understood to have told Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, that God loves gay people and it is fine to be homosexual.


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