Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pope Francis Urges Couples to Raise Kids, Not Cats and Dogs

Not many things make me angry nowadays. But when I saw this article today at work when I took 5-minute-break I was so p***ed off.

What kind of sentence is this:
Pope Francis said that staying childless will ultimately bring married couples nothing but "the bitterness of loneliness".
(my message for the Pope: I am not bitter. I am not lonely. I will not be bitter. I will not be lonely. And how do you dare to assume it was MY choice to remain childless.)

First of all I was angry at my otherwise beloved Pope.

But now I am mostly angry at the journalist who wrote the article. And - can they not get it that the article "The Childfree life" is so bad that it is not worth referring to it ever again?

It is definitly time to switch off my computer and get some fresh air.


  1. Not that it helps the childless by choice people, but I read a different article about the same speech he made and he did make concessions for those childree by chance.

    "No finger-pointing at infertile couples or those childless due to miscarriage or other problems. It’s neither their fault nor their choosing to forgo parenting. These couples, the pope said, can “draw the strength of fruitfulness that Jesus has with his church.” It’s a “culture of well-being”, he said, that leads married couples to deliberately walk away from parenthood."


    It took a little of the sting away. (((HUGS)))

    1. Thank you, Dipitie. I wish I could find somewhere his entire speech.

  2. Awful article. I could not resist to post it on FB giving my opinion. I like you did not liek the tone... or the advice at all...

    1. dear JM, thank you for commenting. regards,

  3. Argh, that's horrible. And has caused me to completely rethink my opinion of him (not that I am a member of his church.)

    And so the Pope, who has no children, does he live a life steeped in "the bitterness of loneliness?" And what about all those people who have children, but whose children are not around them and who are bitter and lonely because of that?

    Argh again.

    1. dear Mali, two excellent points of view! Thank you.

  4. Hmmm...I don't understand why he thinks that way, because from my logical POV, infertility can truly break apart a couple, whereas those couples who decide early on to not have children...then they don't have to go through the whole infertility roller-coaster, so isn't that already one factor excluded from being able to ruin the marriage?

    And agree with Mali about those couples who have children...that they can be bitter and lonely as well.

  5. Yes, I had the same eye-rolling anger at the simplified assumptions -- as if anything in life can be generalized. We here on this blog certainly provide a richness and complexity missing from the one dimensional view so often presented.