'The Queen of Pop' Madonna is not one who is afraid to speak out about the issues she is passionate about, and recently expressed a desire to have a meeting with Pope Francis so she could tell him that Jesus approves of abortion.
The 'Like a Virgin' hitmaker made the comment during an interview this past Tuesday, June 18, with Australian talk show host Andrew Denton, and said she wanted to change the Vatican's stance on reproductive rights, according to Fox News.
"Let's talk about Jesus' point of view about women. Let's talk about it," said the singer, who made the appearance to promote her album 'Madame X' and was even seen sporting an eyepatch for the same.
She told Denton that the two questions she would ask the Pope would be: "What do you really think he thought of women? And don't you think Jesus would agree that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body?"
"One day he might invite me. I think this one might... I think [Pope Francis] would be open to having that conversation with me," she added.
It's doubtful whether the 60-year-old's words would have the desired effect considering that Pope Francis, despite his relatively progressive views, has been a vocal opponent of both the practice and legality of abortion.
The Daily Wire reported that, during the 'Yes to Life!' conference, the Pope likened abortion to hiring a hitman. "Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem? Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?" he was quoted saying.
"This is the point. Do not blame religion for something that concerns the human. It is not lawful. Never, ever eliminate a human life or hire a hitman to solve a problem," he continued.
He has also attended and given blessings to various pro-life rallies across Europe in the years since he became the Pope and has repeatedly asked that people protect human life "from the moment of conception" asserting that human life should be respected from the moment of conception to natural death.
In 2013, in a meeting with Catholic gynecologists, he advised that they should invoke the conscience clause to refuse to perform abortions if approached, stating, "Every child that isn't born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord."
However, during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy held between December 2015 and November 2016, he granted priests the faculty to "absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion," as well as to those who had been involved in completing the procedure.