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Pope vs. Cat Ladies

Suddenly Pope Francis seems less like a cuddly progressive after all: Earlier this week at a special Mass for married couples, he criticized couples who adopt pets instead of having children, blaming a culture of luxury and comfort for the increasingly popular decision to forgo parenthood. More, from Times Live:

This culture of wellbeing convinced us it is better not to have children! It’s better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree […]

It might be more comfortable to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Then 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.

Maybe Francis has a point; pet owners’ devotion to their furry favorites can be pretty extreme. Take, for example, extravagances like a dog “bark” mitzah, dog birthday parties, and luxury pet spas. In Japan, at least, people freely admit that they lavish affection on their pets because they do not have children.

We wonder how the media elite, who have been delighted by Francis’s “who am I to judge” attitude so far, will react to this criticism of contemporary culture. Will they finally be forced to admit that the Pope is still Catholic?

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  • InklingBooks

    As best I recall, the previous two popes restricted their critiques of modern society to weighty measures. This one, I suspect, will nag unfortunate Catholics about almost every imaginable topic from cats to consuming too many soft drinks.

    • bo ure

      He’s not nagging them about pets, he’s discussing substituting pets for having children. Big difference. Do you misinterpret things on purpose, or does it just happen?

  • concerndcitizen

    In history, monks used to say that during the Dharma Ending Time people would treat animals better than human beings.

  • rufus3698

    Since the encouragement of big families is the major recruiting method of the Catholic Church, I can see his point, and it’s a self centered one. If mankind obeyed the rest of the Bible’s divine wisdom with the same fervor it has “Go forth and multiply. . ” our existence right now would be a dang sight closer to paradise than it is now.

    • Marissa

      Something like 90% of American Catholics use contraception – not exactly fervor for the Church’s teaching by any stretch of the imagination.

      • Rol_Texas

        The actual statistic is that 90 percent of Catholic women have used or will use contraception *at some point in their lives.” I have it on good authority that 100% of Catholics have violated one teaching or another at some point in their lives, for what it’s worth.

        • Marissa

          Wrong – the actual statistic is that 90 percent of American Catholics support the use of contraception: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/Insights/HarrisVault.aspx?PID=608 Type in “contraception” and it’s the first poll that comes up, from 10/20/2005.

          The argument is not that everyone sins (this isn’t up for discussion, nor is it relevant to this specific discussion). What’s up for discussion is whether Catholics are obeying Church teaching to “go forth and multiply” with fervor, as rufus3968 contends (he is clearly wrong, as far as American Catholics go).

          • Rol_Texas

            OK, so 9 out of 10 “support the use of.” Not surprising. Obviously that’s different than “use” or “have used in their lifetime” (I know there’s a figure out there that puts that in the 90s; it came up during the Fluke Affair). But I thought your 9 of 10 figure sounded high, given that many married/actively procreating, infertile, and sexually inactive people don’t use contraception.

            I caution you from citing that statistic as a proxy for Catholic support for Church teaching. If we go by the strict wording of that poll, one could “support” it in any number of senses while still thinking, for example, that church teaching on contraception is nevertheless correct. But I grant that the number of those who oppose church teaching on that question would be high.

          • Marissa

            “I caution you from citing that statistic as a proxy for Catholic support for Church teaching. ”

            Good point! I completely agree.

  • Mark Power

    Pope Francis is a leftist moron. He has lost all credibility among those with intelligence.

  • Dan

    spoken by the guy who took a vow of celibacy…

    • Marissa

      Reminds me of this other guy who didn’t have sex all throughout his life either.

  • Joseph Shmeau

    He’s just stating the obvious. Stuff is true or not true regardless of who is saying it.

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