Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio Criticizes The Pope: Breed Like Rabbits

Updated 9/29/2015

“Breed Like Rabbits” is an Anti-Catholic slur. First Things.


Your editor has been accused of being a Bad Catholic because I criticized Pope Francis for his crude remarks, which are undignified coming from the Vicar of Christ.  He first reaffirmed Catholic teaching against contraception, then he said:

But “this does not mean a Christian must make children one after another,” the pope said, citing the case of a woman who became pregnant an eighth time after giving birth to seven children via cesarean section.  “Does she want to leave seven orphans?” he said. “This is tempting God.  Some people think — excuse me for saying this — that to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits,” Pope Francis said, yet church teaching provides for “many licit ways” to limit reproduction.

Jesuit Father Fessio was on Catholic Answers Live last week.  Father is the founder of Ignatius Press.  I’ve listened online and transcribed the parts where he very prudently criticizes Pope Francis…but I had to listen very carefully for it.

Fessio_Fr Joseph​Father Joseph Fessio, S.J.

FATHER FESSIO reflecting on the pope’s phrase that Catholics reproduce “like rabbits”:    When you are a person in authority, you always have to be concerned how what you say will be taken the right way, especially if there is something new. The media will report when there is something new in the Catholic Church. [paraphrased.]

Partial Transcription by Nina Rhea:

“What bothers me is the good people who are struggling against society which is anti-child, which is not to have a family.   You know what it’s like to walk into a store if you have 3 or 4 kids with you? I mean people stare at you, they mock you, they make jokes about you, they ask embarrassing questions…I mean, these people need our support.  

“I know a woman who had 10 cesareans! She got pregnant again. She had her 11th healthy child through cesarean. So was she “irresponsible?” Oh yeah? Tell that to the son, the 11th child!

“What about Saint Ignatius? He was the 13th of 13 children? And Saint Catherine of Sienna was a TWIN, [child numbers] 21 and 22, of the same mother! So we’re going to say they’re rabbits out there?

I’m getting worked up about this. What the pOPE intended to say – which he said it the day after – is just right.”

FULL AUDIO at Catholic Answers Live.

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Author: veritas2

California native. Wife of Buzz Rhea. Mother of Natalie Anne Hiscock.

One thought on “Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio Criticizes The Pope: Breed Like Rabbits”

  1. The U.N. voting block is made up of 56 Muslim countries and the Palestinian Authority. The plan is to create Jihad by Al-hijra which is to flood a country with a mass of immigration,to spread Shariah Law world wide. Through Catholic Charities, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are working as contractors for this U.N. refugee relocation program. The Christian Martyrs in Syria are driven out of the U.N. camps because they are hated by the Muslims. So the immigrants that have flooded into Europe and now into America are totally Muslim. Along with this big money resettlement business,Catholic Churches are being closed and converted into mosques all across Germany and France and how here in America. As you know, under Shariah, non- Christians have no human rights. Along with this happening, there is a big push, supported by Hillary Clinton to sign into law, the U.N. resolution 1618 to protect Shariah law in the U.S. Help if you can Father Fessio.( I was one of your students a long time ago at USF.)

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