After Philippine Visit: Pope Francis said No Catholic Need to Breed like ‘Rabbits’

January 20, 2015

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Is this addressed to Filipinos? Pope Francis on board Philippine Airlines from Manila, Philippines enroute to Rome, Italy when asked what he would say to families who had more children than they could afford because the Church forbids artificial contraception. Pope Francis replied: “Some people think that – excuse my expression here – that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits.”

“No. Parenthood is about being responsible. This is clear.” Instead, the Pope said the Catholic flock should exercise responsible parenthood. The Pope said the Catholic Church allows many ways that could ensure families only had as many children as they wished. The Pope said population experts advised three children per family.

Pope Francis then cited the case of one woman, he had met who had had seven children by Caesarean section and was expecting her eighth child and that the woman said to him: “She said, ‘I trust in God.’ The Pope thinks otherwise and cites that case as irresponsible parenthood, an example of being an irresponsible parent. The Pope said: “But God gave us the means to be responsible.”

But then the Pope added that for the poorest, a child is a treasure for its mother and father.

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