Pope Francis spoke about families on Monday, saying that the church still does not support artificial birth control, but adding that it is every Catholic’s responsibility to control the size of their family. He proclaimed that we are not to “breed like rabbits”, and instead to practice “responsible parenting.” The pope mentioned that there are other ways, other than artificial birth control, to limit the risk of pregnancy during sexual intercourse.
Pope Francis Declares That Catholics Should Practice Responsible Parenting
While there are no real 100% effective methods of birth control, birth control medications do typically provide one of the highest possible methods at preventing pregnancy. Other methods, such as condoms, spermicides, and implants also offer effective means of birth control. Unfortunately for Catholics, these methods are not an acceptable form of birth control. Catholics must instead choose to abstain from sexual activity during certain times of a woman’s ovulation schedule, but this is by no means an accurate method of control.
The pope may have been taking jabs at some Catholic groups who make a practice of raising larger than average families, all in the name of God. These families tend to outgrow the financial means of their supporters, and are sometimes so big that children lack sufficient parenting time.
Pope Francis has made many important declarations that have back stepped from decades and century old decrees of the church. This may be one that helps set the pace towards a sort of reform within the church for its support of abstinence and other approved forms of birth control and family planning.
Pope Francis Declares That Catholics Should Practice Responsible Parenting.