I'm not Catholic. I'm not even religious. I do like a lot of what Pope Francis has to say (e.g, preaches a message of social justice). But I find his most recent comments to be very insulting (and I fully acknowledge that these comments are addressed to those who choose not to have children).
Here are my thoughts in order:
- A (presumably) celibate, single guy wants us to take reproductive advice from him. LOL.
- Choosing not to have kids is not selfish or narcissistic. It's a valid choice and those people deserve to be supported.
- The Catholic church puts those with infertility in quite the bind. They think that people should have a bunch of kids while simultaneously admonishing anything that helps a couple get pregnant.
- Based on my childfree (I really hate this word!) status I feel unwelcome in the Catholic church. Because, if you really want to get technical, hubs and I did choose not to have children. We carefully considered all of the options available to us and decided not to proceed with any of the options, thereby choosing not to have children.
- Having kids costs money. A lot of it. How does he propose that people, particularly those who live in countries with high unemployment rates, support these children?