Madonna, the 60-year-old Queen of Pop and gay icon, would love to meet with Pope Francis. Why? To let him know that Jesus supported the right to choose.
Madonna was raised Catholic and hopes to change the Vatican’s stance on reproductive rights.
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During the promotion of her new album, Madame X, Madonna spoke candidly about her stance on reproductive freedom.
‘Let’s talk about Jesus’ point of view about women. Let’s talk about it,’ she said during an interview with Australian talk show host Andrew Denton.
‘Don’t you think Jesus would agree that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body?’ she continued.
‘I think [Pope Francis] would be open to having that conversation with me.’
Pope Francis’ abortion comments
This comes after the Pope likened abortion to ‘hiring a hitman’ last month.
At the ‘Yes to Life’ anti-abortion conference in Rome, Pope Francis made the following remarks:
‘Is it licit to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Is it licit to hire a hitman to solve a problem? It is not lawful. Never, ever eliminate a human life or hire a hitman to solve a problem.’
‘No human being can ever be incompatible with life, not for his age, nor for his health conditions, nor for the quality of his existence,’ he continued. ‘Every child which arrives in a woman’s womb is a gift.’
Pro-choice activists and politicians were quick to condemn Pope Francis’ remarks.
Franziska Giffey, the German family affairs minister, said the Pope’s comments were ‘absolutely unacceptable.’
‘Stigmatizing these women as contract killers is absolutely unacceptable,’ she said. ‘Accusations and insults are the wrong way.’