“Rabbits?” We’re never supposed to be like animals

There’s so many reasons NOT to get overly excited over every little thing that Pope Francis says. First of all, he’s just expressing his own opinion–not everything that any pope says is actually “infallible” unless explicitly spoken “ex cathedra” (more on that here). Secondly, the media is always misconstruing what’s being said! It’s useless going into a frenzy unless you take the time to really read the text and context of whatever the Pope says.

"like rabbits?" photo by Andre Mouraux via flickr

“like rabbits?”
photo by Andre Mouraux via flickr

In this case, was he saying we shouldn’t be open to large families? Was he saying that NFP should always be used to avoid? No, he said that the Church doesn’t require people to constantly have children. He was saying that we are human beings, called to exercise responsible parenting. In context: the Church doesn’t say the poor in the Philippines have to have children–then he adds that the poor in the Church often see children as their greatest treasure. It’s beautiful!

Once again, Simcha Fisher has provided great explanations and some of the full text to provide context.

About the Pope’s “don’t be like rabbits” remark

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Family size and NFP…

My post about couples’ struggling with infertility was about not judging people based on few and far-between children. But what about people who can’t have more children for other reasons–financial, psychological, emotional, physical. That’s for each couple to discern.

Simcha Fisher defends it on her blog and in her new book, The Sinner’s Guide to NFP (of which I still need a copy of my own!). Simcha says “generosity sometimes looks different from having another baby.” Enjoy this exchange and her Biblical reference at the end: Holiness is a numbers game.

 

 

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