This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 7 °C Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Not having children a "selfish" act, says the Pope

It’s the latest in a series of candid pronouncements from the pontiff.

Image: AP/Press Association Images

IN THE LATEST in a series of candid pronouncements, Pope Francis has criticised couples who choose not to have children.

The Pontiff made the statement at his general audience in St Peter’s Square, according to multiple reports.

“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 pope said, according to The Guardian.

“The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished.”

Just last week, the Pope sparked a debate with his comments on smacking children (he said it was okay, once their dignity was maintained).

Meanwhile, last month, he raised a few eyebrows with his choice of language when he said good Catholics did not have to breed “like rabbits”.

Read Pope says smacking children is okay — as long as their dignity is maintained

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Read next: