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The Pope on Womanhood, Motherhood, and Breeding “Like Rabbits”

By Meaghan Goodwin

“Good Catholics do not need to be like rabbits,” Pope Francis said last week. Ironically, this sound bite concluded a tour wherein he adamantly defended Pope Paul VI’s stance against use of artificial contraception, and was referring to judicious use of NFP.  True to form, the international media replaced “be” with “breed” and plastered it across headlines worldwide, just a few days before the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

It does not need to be said that his joke, taken out of context and made crueler in the retelling, will be hurtful…

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