Boston Cardinal Defends Pope’s Emphasis on Love and Compassion


At the Vatican, Pope Francis continued urging Catholics to reject consumerism. Again this week, he said wealth doesn’t bring true happiness. Some conservative Catholics are voicing concerns that Francis doesn’t spend enough time publicly condemning abortion. But prominent Boston cardinal Sean O’Malley defended the pope, saying the emphasis on love and compassion provides the context for the church’s stand against abortion. He said, “We oppose abortion not because we are mean and old-fashioned, but because we love people, and that is what we must show the world.”