While affirming the Church's ban on contraception, he said that Catholics don't have to "breed like rabbits." That phrase is his. The Holy Father just insulted millions of Catholics who are generous with life and who welcome their children, often with considerable sacrifice.
He gave a "case in point" when he recently encountered a woman who had seven cesarean sections and was pregnant with her eighth. He admitted to scolding her for conceiving, telling her "that was an irresponsibility" and judging her for "tempting God". Consider:
- The child whose conception the Pope lamented, exists. He/she is in the image and likeness of God. Mother Teresa said once that saying there are too many children is like saying there are too many flowers.
- The Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ, has just lamented the conception of a child. I hope and pray that this child never learns of this, that the Holy Father held his/her existence as a "temptation of God".
- How many abortions did the Holy Father unwittingly justify today? How many "health of the mother" abortion excuses did the Holy Father aid and abet?
- In case the Holy Father hasn't noticed, western civilization is suffering a population atrophy. Parishes are closing right and left because of the dwindling population. In light of this he did the worst thing possible: belittling faithful Catholic parents by saying that they breed like animals. In fact, they are fulfilling God's command to "be fruitful and multiply".
I for one salute my Catholic and Christian friends who have large families. They are the hope for our Church. The real irresponsibility lies in disparagement of these holy families.