Pope Francis: "The choice to not have children is selfish"

A few weeks after calling a woman with a large family irresponsible, the pope called out couples with no kids

Published February 12, 2015 6:12PM (EST)

  (Associated Press)
(Associated Press)

A few weeks after calling a woman irresponsible for having eight children and chastising Catholics not to procreate "like rabbits," the pope called couples who choose not to have children "selfish" and part of a "greedy generation"

Speaking on Wednesday, Francis said, "A society with a greedy generation that doesn't want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society. The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished."

Update to follow when the pope determines the exact number of children that you should have, falling somewhere between selfish (0) and irresponsible (8).

h/t NPR



By Katie McDonough

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