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Pope: Make Babies for the Church (Popemobile Needs Gas)

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I’m reluctant to roast Pope Francis, our greatest hope for a reversal of anti-contraception Catholic dogma. But Lord knows, for now, the Vatican still has serious sins against sustainability for which to atone.

While we generally stick with shaming news media for pro-growth bias, we do spotlight public figures from time to time for their remarks. Time magazine first got our attention with this report about Pope Francis’ Mass remarks in the Vatican on Monday.

“…the Pope also counseled childless couples to be fruitful and multiply….”


“…in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness. It is not fruitful, it does not do what Jesus does with his Church: He makes His church fruitful.”

If you conceive children thinking they’re going to be hanging around you in old age to ward off loneliness, good luck with that! It strikes me as the ultimate selfish act. And I wouldn’t be too thrilled to discover Mom and Dad gave me life to fill a pew in the local parish. Being fruitful is a religious message older than MS-DOS, more ancient than the steam engine, heck, it’s older than science. WHEN are the religions of the world going to give up this archaic, fruitful crap and get on with promoting the idea of loving one another (which means having fewer children so there will be a beautiful, healthy world for them to live in)?

This Vatican Radio report gives us a few more details. Sorry, Pope. You’re in the doghouse today, but you know what you can do to land on the Wall of Fame.

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  • Mike Hanauer
    Mike Hanauer Wednesday, 04 June 2014

    My guess is the pope knows of the impact of large families on poverty (and maybe even environment). I wonder if the conservatives got to him. I wonder if this is the beginning of a change in the pope's people-oriented progressive attitude. I wonder if there is a way we can use this statement and counteract it?

  • Dave Gardner
    Dave Gardner Wednesday, 04 June 2014

    Mike, my suspicion is this is just evidence of some of the chains from which he has yet to break free, keeping him from being as progressive as we'd hope. I doubt that it's an about-face from any previous position.

  • Fons Jena
    Fons Jena Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    Thought I'm not religious and I do not support any church, I kind off liked the new pope. He did many things that impressed me (driving a small car, living in a smaller house, and lately criticizing the maffia) but after reading this my impressiveness got a serious hit. Still the classic message of propagation for dominance...

    Off topic:
    I would like to use this post (my first) to express my support to this 'surprising' website :-). I discovered it through a comment made by Dave Gardner on Charles Eisenstein's article 'Concern about overpopulation is a red herring'. Charles Eisenstein definitely deserves a place on the Wall of Shame!

    Anyway, visiting this wesbite relieves me from the daily frustration I get from hearing the news promoting economic growth and from people who are continuously producing babies. It is nice to know that there are people out there that think the same way as me and do their part on bringing this topic more mainstream!

  • Dave Gardner
    Dave Gardner Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    Thanks so much for your comments and your faith, Fons Jena. I guess a Pope is still a Pope, but we'll keep our hopes alive and encourage the Vatican to keep moving to join the 21st century. Hope you've subscribed to get post notifications here, and you may want to check out our other work at www.growthbusters.org, perhaps subscribe to email updates there and/or to my blog (which posts weekly at best, sometimes just monthly, depending on the work load around here).

    Glad to know there the chorus of those who get it is growing (I'm for that kind of growth)!

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