Jan 25/09. A senior
Vatican official has attacked US President Barack Obama for "arrogance" for
overturning a ban on state funding for family-planning groups that carry out
or facilitate abortions overseas.
It is "the arrogance of
someone who believes they are right, in signing a decree which will open the
door to abortion and thus to the destruction of human life," Archbishop Rino
Fisichella was quoted as saying by the Corriere della Sera daily.
president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, one of a number of so-called
pontifical academies which are formed by or under the direction of the Holy
"What is important is
to know how to listen... without locking oneself into ideological visions
with the arrogance of a person who, having the power, thinks they can decide
on life and death," he added.
Obama signed the
executive order cancelling the eight-year-old restrictions on Friday, the
third full day of his presidency.