Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica [Vatican TV]
The Pro-Life Action League celebrates the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. We look forward to strong pro-life leadership from our new Holy Father. The new pope is a man of humble faith and keen intellect, and has distinguished himself as a steadfast guardian of the Catholic faith.
If we give up the principle that every man as man is under God’s protection, that as a man he is beyond the reach of our arbitrary will, we really do forsake the foundation or human rights.
—Pope Benedict XVI
Salt of the Earth, 1996
New Pope a Pro-Life Leader
As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Ratzinger strongly supported bishops who courageously stood up to pro-abortion Catholic politicians. He has spoken and written on both the dignity and value of the unborn child and society’s responsibility to care for women with crisis pregnancies and to “reawaken a new love for children” (Salt of the Earth, 1996).