Perth, AustraliaPope John Paul II, at the close of his November 1986 Australian visit, once more condemned abortion as an “unspeakable crime.”  He also reiterated the Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception and sterilization.


He sounded a similar note in his talk to government leaders, telling them that one basis for civilization is ‘reverence for human life from the moment of conception and throughout every stage of its earthly pilgrimage.”


“I hope that…all Australians will invite you by their voice and by their votes to ensure that nothing is done by the legislature to undermine these values.” The Pope said.