A US priest who was condemned for posing with an aborted foetus on an altar in a pro-Trump video says he does not believe he’ll be disciplined by Church authorities and has no regrets, reports the Religion News Service.
“I wasn’t there playing catch with the baby’s body. I wasn’t taunting the baby’s body. I was honouring the baby’s body, which is what we do all the time,” Fr Frank Pavone, head of the New York-based anti-abortion group Priests for Life, said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
“We’re making it (abortion) real to people. And we’re making reparation,” said Fr Pavone, who posted the 44-minute Facebook live video on Sunday.
In the video and the accompanying post, which have been viewed more than 360,000 times, Fr Pavone stands over the small, curled foetus and talks about why voters must support Donald Trump; Fr Pavone is a member of the Republican President-elect's faith advisory team.
The video prompted numerous critiques, many from Catholics who oppose abortion, who said that Fr Pavone was defiling a human life and a sacred place.
Photo: Fr Pavone leads a prayer during a March for Life anti-abortion rally in front of the US Supreme Court building in 2009 (Reuters)