Originally published by The Jewish Press
Catholics should be “responsible” parents and not “breed like rabbits, ” Pope Francis commented to reporters while traveling from the Philippines Monday.
He still is against contraception and noted that the church has approved other ways to make sure there are not too many Bugs Bunny Catholics running around
“God gives you methods to be responsible, ” he said, adding that natural birth control should be practiced by avoiding relations when a woman is able to conceive.
So much for the first commandment in the Bible–Be fruitful and multiply–unless the Old Testament no longer applies to Catholics.
The pope is consistent in his disregarding of ancient texts. He chose the rabbit analogy, when he could have cited a Talmudic text in Berachot 22a, where the rabbis teach that couples should take it easy in intimate relations and practice a bit of self-restraint and not act like “roosters.”
Maybe the pope prefers rabbits because they are not kosher…
The pope also lambasted “ideological colonization, ” meaning wealthy donor countries conditioning aid to poor countries on the latters’ promotion of birth control and permissiveness, as well as their tolerance, if not outright encouragement of homosexuality.
“Every nation deserves to conserve its identity without being ideologically colonized, ” Pope Francis said.
So it seems that the pope wants to encourage the sanctity of family by restricting sexual relations.
Of course, too much birth control has backfired in the past.
Was that a rabbit in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?