The Francis Era
Pope vs. Cat Ladies
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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: 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.

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