File this under: “Yes, the Pope is still Catholic.”
According to Pope Francis, childless people are selfish. Not, of course, the childless churchmen who make such proclamations. Presumably, they are to be commended for their selfless devotion to God. The Pope has in mind childless married couples. Because, you know, it is just wrong not to make a kid you don’t want.
Pope Francis called childless couples “selfish” Wednesday while speaking to his usual audience at St. Peter’s Square.
“A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” the pope said. “The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished.”
So, based on the Pope’s recent parenting comments, you should have kids even if you don’t want kids. But don’t have too many kids because that’s irresponsible, too. And it’s also okay to spank your kids — presumably even the ones you didn’t want — when you feel it is necessary, as long as you don’t try to humiliate the child as you do so. Because, how could that ever go wrong?
As models of responsible parenting go, I’ve got to say, that’s really pretty terrible.
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