Vatican defends appointment of philosopher who once voiced support for limited abortion

Source: Religion News Service

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Catholic Church remains opposed to abortion despite the controversial appointment of a British philosopher to the Vatican’s top ethics board who may have supported the limited use of abortion.

That’s according to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, in defending the appointment of Nigel Biggar, an Oxford University professor of theology. Biggar came under criticism over his apparent support for abortion up to 18 weeks into pregnancy.

In a statement, Paglia wrote: “Our NO to abortion is a total NO.”

Biggar is one of 45 members appointed by Pope Francis to the academy last week.

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