Pope likens pre-natal tests which result in the abortion of a malformed baby to the eugenics programme of the Nazi-era

A century ago, ‘The whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race.’

‘Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves on.’

Sligo News File

Pope Francis has likened pre-natal tests that can result in parents deciding to terminate a pregnancy if the baby is malformed or suffering other problems to the Nazi-era eugenics programme.

He is said to have raised the issue when he departed from his prepared script while addressing the Forum of Family Associations on the 25-year anniversary of its founding.

Urging families to accept children “as God gives them to us,” agencies have quoted him as saying: “It is fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of a pregnancy doctors do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first idea is: ‘Let’s send it away,'” “We do the same as the Nazis to maintain the purity of the race.

“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 on.”

The pope has reportedly also said that a family is one created between a man and a woman.

Pope Francis is due to make a two-day visit to Ireland in August as part of the World Meeting of Families, an event guided by the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.’ The event will discuss what it means to be a Catholic family.