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MSNBC host shocked to learn Pope Francis opposes abortion

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For liberals, abortion is the closest thing to a religious sacrament. But the fact that Pope Francis -- a man Breitbart.com said has received a "strange new respect" from liberals over income inequality -- opposes abortion seemed to come as a shock to one MSNBC host, Newsbusters reported Wednesday.

On Wednesday, thousands turned out to participate in an annual event known as the "March for Life," despite snow and frigid temperatures. Pope Francis sent a message of solidarity to the marchers, telling them he was there in spirit if not in person.

“I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers, may God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable,” he said in a tweet.

But that didn't sit too well with Chris Jansing, host of MSNBC's "Jansing &Co.," who "sniffed" at the thought Pope Francis supports the Catholic Church's long-held belief that abortion is immoral and wrong, and said his views are “reflective of ways in which the church certainly has not changed.”

"Earth to Chris Jansing: The Catholic Church is and always will be pro-life. No amount of pushing from the liberals at MSNBC will change that," Newsbusters' Jeffrey Meyer wrote.

Meyer also said Jansing's statement is an insult to the hundreds of millions of people -- Catholic and non-Catholic -- who support the pro-life position.

He also pointed out that MSNBC "consistently sympathizes with the abortion community."

Moreover, he added, the cable outlet known here as the official network of insane liberal hate has failed to provide a single pro-life individual to speak about the March for Life.

"Instead, the 'Lean Forward' network brought on NARAL President Ilyse Hogue and NOW’s Terry O’Neill to slam pro-life activists marching in the 'March for Life,'” he said.

The coverage is also interesting given a recent Marist poll showing a vast majority believe abortion should have at least some restrictions.

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