Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Church news: Pope Francis and the culture of comfort that rejects having babies
Pope Francis recently addressed a truth that should be uncomfortable for many Christians. He urged Roman Catholics to reject the culture of comfort that avoids having babies. We lament a shrinking Church. And yet the reality is that many in the Church choose not to have babies, or to have just one or two, because to have more would inhibit the level of economic comfort they desire. Such an approach ignores the inherent purpose of marriage and its one flesh union of sex. It is also built on an inherently selfish model which ignores the manner in which children turn us outside of ourselves and direct our lives in self-giving service to others that follows in the way of Jesus Christ.