My Comments first: I guess I am not use to popes using trashy street talk or turning the papacy into another episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." And I have to say that I was distressed by the pope's "rabbit" talk about women who have many babies for it implied that all large families are a mistake and that the Catholic parents simply didn't know how to plan their families by reducing the number of children by natural family planning, as though all mothers and fathers who have more than three children are ignoramuses in this regard.
The families I know who practice natural family planning are open to children as a gift from God and gladly welcome them. They are not rabbits nor is their sex life rabbit like. It is so crass for anyone, especially a pope to say something like this. I feel bad for parents with numerous children who have embraced these children because they love God and the Church and have tried to be faithful Catholics!
So, I am glad that Pope Francis has seen the light and I pray that he will see that some of the trappings of the court in terms of papal protocol and dress and seriousness are meant to keep the papacy potent and immune from "honey boo boo" moments of indiscretion that turns the papacy is some kind of reality show for our entertainment.
And yes, it could compromise his papal magisterium when he offers serious no nonsense teachings.
Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a "gift from God", just days after he said Catholics did not need to "breed like rabbits".
In an apparent attempt to put the controversial comments he made on his way back from a visit to the Philippines into context, the Argentinian argued that the global economic system is the primary cause of poverty, rather than overpopulation.
"The meetings with families and young people in Manila were important moments during the visit to the Philippines," Francis told a crowd of around 7,000 gathered in St Peter's square for his weekly audience.
Manila were important moments during the visit to the Philippines," Francis told a crowd of around 7,000 gathered in St Peter's square for his weekly audience.
"Healthy families are essential to the life of society.
"It provides us with consolation and hope to see so many large families who welcome children as a gift from God.
"These families know that each child is a blessing."