Pope Francis enraged many of his most ardent fans with these comments:
Speaking Wednesday at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the pontiff put it rather bluntly: “Not having children is a selfish choice.”
“Life rejuvenates and brings multiplying energy: It enriches, it does not impoverish,” said Francis, speaking during the audience on the role of children in the family.
“A society stingy in generation, that does not love to surround itself in children, that considers them overall a worry, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” said the pope.
The pope has been using his general audience in recent weeks to reflect on various roles in the family, leading up to October’s global meeting of Catholic bishops at the Vatican on the issue of contemporary struggles in family life.
Francis made his remarks about the need to have children in a brief aside during his talk Wednesday about the low level of birthrates in European countries.
“Let’s think of many societies that we know here in Europe,” said the pope. “They are depressed societies because they do not want children, they do not have children. The level of birth does not arrive at one percent.”
“Why?” the pontiff asked. “Everyone of us, think and respond.”
“The generation of children has to be responsible, as is taught also in the encyclical Humanae Vitae of Blessed Paul VI,” he continued, referring to the 1968 papal teaching that prohibits use of contraception by Catholics.
“But to have more children cannot become automatically an irresponsible choice,” said Francis. “Not having children is a selfish choice.”
Go here to read the rest. The comments of the readers of The National Catholic Reporter are hilarious, an indication of how popular kids are on the Left, at least when Leftists are talking about kids they have themselves, rather than brainwashing the kids of other parents. Needless to say PopeWatch believes the Pope’s comments are directly on target. Comparing this with his rabbit comment of a few weeks ago demonstrates how difficult Pope Francis, and his pontificate, are to figure out.