(CNN)Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, ending weeks of mounting speculation and rising anger over Wuerls role in two clergy sexual abuse scandals.
The pope has come under fire from Germanys family minister for equating having an abortion with hiring a contract killer. Gynecologists are similarly outraged with the comparison.
Video: Pope Francis Compares Abortion To Hiring A Hit Man To Solve A Problem | TIME
German family minister Franziska Giffey slammed Pope Francis on Thursday for his recent comments on abortion.
“Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,” he said. “Is it just to resort to a contract killer to solve a problem?” he asked the assembled faithful in the Vatican.
He said it was particularly wrong to abort children with disabilities, saying sick children deserve help. He has previously compared denounced abortion over birth defects, equating it to Nazi attempts to create a pure race.
Minister Giffey said the popes comments were unacceptable, saying no women take lightly the decision to abort.
“Stigmatizing these women as contract killers is absolutely unacceptable,” she said in Berlin. “Accusations and insults are the wrong way.”
Germanys professional association of gynecologists was also outraged, saying abortions are performed out of necessity. “They do not carry out abortions because they are unscrupulous, but because they feel obliged to help, especially for reasons of conscience,” association president Christian Albring said.
On Friday, a German general practitioner is appealing a court-issued fine for contravening Germanys ban on advertising abortion. The doctor had provided information on abortions on the website of her practice. Doctor Kristina Hänels case prompted a national debate on the issue.
In some of his harshest comments to date on abortion, Pope Francis compared the procedure to a mafia-style killing. Conservative Catholics have accused Francis of not speaking out enough on hot button cultural issues. (10.10.2018)
Two gynecologists in Germany could face jail time for listing abortion as one of the medical services offered at their practice. People outside the court argued that providing information to women shouldnt be a crime. (29.08.2018)
Pope Francis has denounced the practice of abortions over birth defects, equating it to Nazi attempts to create a pure race. The remarks come as his home country of Argentina works on a pro-abortion bill. (17.06.2018)
Abortion doctors can be hard to find in Germany. In some cities there are none, and their number appears to be declining, while medical schools often fail to teach the procedure so crucial to women. Papayas help a bit. (11.05.2018)
The first government minister has visited Chemnitz after a week of far-right protests. Family Minister Franziska Giffey arrived to speak to civil society representatives about the need for better political education.
Family Minister Franziska Giffey says full-body swimsuits for Muslim girls in school classes can help them learn to swim. Others argue the garment is sexist and has no place in German schools.
German Family Minister Franziska Giffey wants to send bullying prevention experts to schools to curb a rise in anti-Jewish attacks. Berlin schools, in particular, have seen anti-Semitic bullying in recent months.
Video: Pope Francis: Prayer is work