Birth Narratives, Babies, and the Catholic Moral Imagination: Informing Influences on the Pope's Address.

Abstract:

:This commentary considers two informing influences on Pope Francis's support of perinatal hospice care for families facing diagnoses of serious fetal anomalies. Reflecting on the morally formative scriptural narrative of Mary's pregnancy and Jesus's birth and drawing upon an often-repeated idea of Pope Francis's papacy that "time is greater than space," this commentary suggests that Francis's perspective is deeply shaped by an understanding of life as a gift given by God, destined to return to God, and shaped by the invitation to participate in the fullness of our nature through acts of loving accompaniment in the face of grave suffering and loss.

journal_name

Perspect Biol Med

authors

Hardt J

doi

10.1353/pbm.2020.0044

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2020-01-01 00:00:00

pages

539-543

issue

3

eissn

0031-5982

issn

1529-8795

pii

S1529879520300156

journal_volume

63

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