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We wait for His Holiness, Pope Francis, to utter some fallible statement about a non-religious issue that is hotly debated between the Left Wing and the rest of the world--man-made climate change. And if you're keen to hear some commentary about this unnecessary expenditure of the pope's precious time as leader of all living Christians on Earth, then you can have a gander at Lord Monckton's interview with trusty ol' Alex Jones. (Special thanks to Jonathan D'Souza for pointing this video out.)
I am not a Jones-a-holic, but I think Monckton's thoughts on the matter are interesting and insightful. And did you know, by the way, that Lord Monckton was a conservative Catholic? Who knew?
But as we wait, Pope Francis regales us with his latest insult against those hideous Traditional Catholics. Yes, you conservative Christians, according to Pope Francis, are "museum mummies," "rosary counters," and "pelagians!" How dare you not get hip and modern, you dusty old "triumphalists!"
His latest insult? He slaps large families right across the face as he hovers above the heavily-populated Philippines in the safety of his airplane.
Here is the complete interview question and answer:
Holy Father, first of all I would like to say: Thank you very much for all the impressive moments of this week. It is the first time I accompany you, and I would like to say thank you very much. My question: you have talked about the many children in the Philippines, about your joy because there are so many children, but according to some polls the majority of Filipinos think that the huge growth of Filipino population is one of the most important reasons for the enormous poverty in the country. A Filipino woman gives birth to an average of three children in her life, and the Catholic position concerning contraception seem to be one of the few question on which a big number of people in the Philippines do not agree with the Church. What do you think about that?
I think the number of three children per family that you mentioned – it makes me suffer- I think it is the number experts say is important to keep the population going. Three per couple. When this decreases, the other extreme happens, like what is happening in Italy. I have heard, I do not know if it is true, that in 2024 there will be no money to pay pensioners because of the fall in population. Therefore, the key word, to give you an answer, and the one the Church uses all the time, and I do too, is responsible parenthood. How do we do this? With dialogue. Each person with his pastor seeks how to do carry out a responsible parenthood.
That example I mentioned shortly before about that woman who was expecting her eighth child and already had seven who were born with caesareans. That is a an irresponsibility That woman might say 'no, I trust in God.’ But, look, God gives you means to be responsible. Some think that -- excuse the language -- that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits. No. Responsible parenthood. This is clear and that is why in the Church there are marriage groups, there are experts in this matter, there are pastors, one can search; and I know so many ways that are licit and that have helped this. You did well to ask me this.
Another curious thing in relation to this is that for the most poor people, a child is a treasure. It is true that you have to be prudent here too, but for them a child is a treasure. Some would say 'God knows how to help me' and perhaps some of them are not prudent, this is true. Responsible paternity, but let us also look at the generosity of that father and mother who see a treasure in every child.
Insult much? Either he knows it and he's vindictive, or he has no idea how he affects people and he's reckless.
I bet you just can't wait to hear your smirking atheist and Protestant co-workers laughing at you and how your pope contradicted you this month. They will laugh at the fact that all this time, you had a mess of kids, when all this time your pope was against being "irresponsible."
Cherish the moment when you are standing by the water cooler at the office, and your "buddy" elbows you and laughs: "Looks like you and Jayne can take it easy and stop having kids now!" Or ladies, just wait until Thanksgiving dinner when your mother-in-law looks across the table at you as she saws through a piece of ham: "Now that your pope approves of the pill, you and Harvey can save up some money for a change."
I wonder, was Pope Francis disgusted with the Philippines "overpopulation problem?"
And does anyone else besides me see another spectrum of how rude this was? He flew into that nation, the Philippines, and basically insulted the lot of them. It's like taking a walk into a bad part of town, going into a run-down neighborhood with a bunch of big black mommas with their six kids, and telling her: "Hey, you don't need to be having all those kids!" Doesn't this strike anyone as being rude to the Filipino people?
How out of touch.
Here is a man who happens to be a world leader who flies into a nation overrun by women. This nation, the Philippines, is filled with transvestites already. And then, speaking on behalf of an institution that's become horrifically feminized (yes, the Church on Earth has become feminized), he says "listen to women, don't be macho."
As my colleague, Guy Bridgeport, said this week:
Do you think a bunch of macho men are responsible for all the butterfly and rainbow banners that so many parishes have endured? Do you think macho men are responsible for parishes that belt out "Make me a Channel of Your Peace" and "Let There Be Peace on Earth" at every Mass? Do you think macho men are responsible for the servers at most Masses looking like the local girls' basketball team?
But I digress.
But endorse The Pill?
Oh! Heavens no! Pope Francis doesn't condone artificial birth control! Surely, he's talking about Natural Family Planning (NFP)! But even then, the pope falls in line with liberal clergy who Michael Voris relates to as marketers for "Contraception-Lite."
NFP is not Catholic Birth Control. NFP is a dispensation from what has been taught for centuries by the Church. The necessity for NFP is a serious circumstance, and it should not be a routine practice. People should not be routinely trying to bend the rules to suit their convenience. Using NFP in this way makes children come off not as a blessing, but as a burden to be avoided.
If Pope Francis is pushing the idea of NFP as a routine tool for contraception, then he appears to be taking a stance with the anti-life crowd. He might as well be rubbing elbows with Captain Capitalism, who enjoys raging hysterically about how children cause poverty. To think, our Holy Father has anything in common with the latter--a man-boy so repulsed by the thought of responsibility as to mangle his genitals like a castrated beast.
I have read from many mothers--many who could have only C-sections--about how insulted they are by Pope Francis' words. For him to even suggest that seven C-sections are dangerous betrays his unscientific ignorance on the matter. There are many women who have had far more than seven children through C-Sections, and they can attest to Pope Francis' simplistic attitude about this gynecological topic.
Indeed, Pope Francis has offended many large families this week with what he said. Perhaps they can take heart knowing that in Italy just weeks ago, he stated that large families are a gift to society. And if that doesn't have your head spinning, what will? One month he holds up large families, and the next month he's telling us not to breed like rabbits and not have a bunch of C-Sections.
So, I guess you can take your pick of which statement of Pope Francis you like the best.
I would like to perhaps give comfort to my fellow Catholics, the troubled mothers and fathers who have been made distraught by this. I read their thoughts on the various boards, blogs, and Facebook groups. I offer these calm words from Pope Pius XII, from a time that was more measured and sane:
[Y]ou are and represent large families, those most blessed by God and specially loved and prized by the Church as its most precious treasures. For these families offer particularly clear testimony to three things that serve to assure the world of the truth of the Church's doctrine and the soundness of its practice, and that redound, through good example, to the great benefit of all other families and of civil society itself.
Wherever you find large families in great numbers, they point to: the physical and moral health of a Christian people; a living faith in God and trust in His Providence; the fruitful and joyful holiness of Catholic marriage.
|The giant "monster" emerging from behind where Pope Francis sits is supposed to be a wood carving of Jesus.|