Paraphrasing the well-known sentence in the Gospel "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" (John 1:46), can anything good for the pro-life cause come from Finland? Certainly, if we consider what happened on September 21st, 2018, when its foreign minister, Catholic Timo Soini, won a 100–60 confidence vote in the Finnish parliament against a motion of no confidence brought against him due to his pro-life and anti-abortion views which, in the opinion of his adversaries, were to have made him unfit to retain his office.
This vote was but the latest stage of a controversy which erupted on May 30, 2018, when the tabloid daily Iltalehti reported that Soini had participated in an anti-abortion march, or perhaps more precisely a March for Life anti-abortion rally of 15,000 people, in Ottawa, Canada, on May 11th, 2018, while on an official trip to represent Finland at Arctic Council meetings there.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has wrapped up a monthlong meeting of bishops dedicated to young people by saying the Catholic Church is being "persecuted" and "dirtied" by accusations — an apparent reference to the clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal.
Francis acknowledged Saturday that there were sinners in the church. But he insisted that the church itself is holy and must be protected from attacks and "another type of persecution: continuous accusations to dirty the church."