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(LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis defended his appointment of a pro-abortion economist to the Pontifical Academy for Life, saying that he put her there to “give a little more humanity to it.” 

In an interview during his return flight from Bahrain on Sunday, Francis mentioned the controversial appointment of Marianna Mazzucato, a self-described atheist with ties to the World Economic Forum. 

The Pontiff answered a question about women’s rights and equality by saying, “Women have their own way of solving problems, which is not man’s way.” 

“And both ways must work together: the woman, equal to the man, works for the common good with that insight that women have,” Francis continued. “I have seen that in the Vatican, every time a woman comes in to do a job in the Vatican, things get better. For example, the vice governor of the Vatican is a woman, the vice governor is a woman, and things have changed for the best.” 

“In the Council for the Economy, there were six cardinals and six lay people, all male. I changed the lay people: I put one male and five women.” 

“And this is a revolution because women know how to find the right way, they know how to move forward,” Francis said.  

“And now I have put Marianna Mazzucato in the Pontifical Academy for Life,” the Pope stated, confirming that he had personally picked the pro-abortion economist as an addition to institution. “She is a great economist from the United States. I put her there to give a little more humanity to it.” 

Mazzucato is a professor of economics at the University College of London (UCL) and was first announced as one of the Academy’s new appointees in an October 15 press release. 

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In addition to being a speaker at the WEF – the globalist group behind the socialist, anti-Christian “Great Reset” agenda – Mazzucato is also enthusiastically pro-abortion, in direct contradiction to the infallible and unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church. 

The Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV) has defended the scandalous appointment and said that Pope Francis nominated her for the position, which the Pontiff has now confirmed. 

In addition to Mazzucato’s views being contrary to Church teaching, her appointment also contradicts the PAV’s own statutes. While the statutes say that members can be of any religion, new Academicians need to “commit themselves to promoting and defending the principles regarding the value of life and the dignity of the human person, interpreted in a way consonant with the Church’s Magisterium.”   

The PAV has given rise to several scandals under the leadership of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who was appointed as the head of the institution by Pope Francis in 2016. 

The PAV has recently published a book supporting contraception, wrongly claiming that the Church’s teaching on the matter could change. In addition to Mazzucato, the PAV has appointed other pro-abortion and pro-contraception individuals recently. According to statements by the PAV, these individuals were personally nominated by Pope Francis. 

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