In a stinging rebuke to nuns who choose a lifetime of celibacy when they marry their lord, and priests who choose a lifetime of celibacy when they marry the church, the pope has attacked his employees and colleagues again.
“The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished.”
Pope Francis: not having children is selfish | World news | The Guardian
This continues a trend seen as deeply alarming by many within the catholic church. No longer content to condemn the lazy and the greedy among his staff, Francis insists they should be popping out babies in order to have a richer and more fulfilling life, and failing to do so represents considerable selfishness on their part.
That these comments come only a few short weeks after finally clarifying that a prohibition against birth control was not a blanket instruction for all catholics to pop out a new baby every 9.5 months is worrying to say the least. Many church observers are wondering what if anything this new pope stands for, and whether he’s falling for the classic papal mistake of trying to be all things for everyone. As observed in other high profile catholics such as Tony Abbott, this may simply lead to the pope making one captain’s call too many. With continuing chatter on dark-net catholic bulletin board services of a strong papal desire to canonize King Henry VIII, worried onlookers feel that last-straw captains call may be only weeks away.