Pope Francis: Opting not to have children a ‘selfish choice’

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Less than a month after saying Catholics don’t have to multiply “like rabbits,” Pope Francis on Wednesday (February 11) once again praised big families, telling a gathering in St. Peter’s Square that having more children is not “an irresponsible choice.” He also said that opting not to have children at all is “a selfish choice.”

A society that “views children above all as a worry, a burden, a risk, is a depressed society,” Francis said.