In all the fun about rabbits, we should remember something more sinister. The Pope seemed to suggest three as the ideal number of children, because that number, he said, had something to do with the replacement rate. Actually, that would be 2.1 children in industrialized countries. Top Vatican scientists are no doubt working on creating one-tenth of a child.
Why would the Pope be interested in the replacement rate?
What is "responsible" the code-word for?
The most likely answer probably has nothing to do with high fees for C-section-happy OB-GYNs. The Bear suspects the Pope harbors the bourgeois prejudice against large families, always disguised in high-minded buzzwords. He probably likes to use terms like "sustainability," and "climate change." (Works whether it gets warmer or cooler.) Pope Francis, for all his celebrity, seems to have an outlook unusually constricted by his times for a Pope. Perhaps that is the secret of his success.
And what is he thinking about as he puts the final touches on his Ecocyclical coming out in March?
Perhaps the Argentine lesbians with their one baby are the ideal New Catholic family. That's two breeders less to worry about. Planet saved!
Back to the Pope's comments. As the father of a large family, the Bear does not have to imagine the casual malice of complete strangers. At one time we had three in diapers, and another not far out of them.
"Double trouble!" they would yell at the twins, as if they somehow had the right to comment on our family. (It was never, "double blessing!") "Do you know what causes it?" Ah, the peals of laughter that would follow the 300th time we heard that one. Not. (More than once the Bear had to bite his tongue to keep from replying, "Don't you know how to do it?")
Fortunately, no one ever scolded us about breeding like rabbits, or he might have gotten his jawbone ripped off.
The only place our large family was appreciated was in Sicily, where men would grin and say "stallone!" in a tone of admiration. (Italians don't breed either, although at least they get it -- partly.)
At the bottom of all this baby-hating is, the Bear suspects, the imbecilic idea that children can only be raised by taking resources from someone else. But children are a resource, at least most of them will be, once they grow up. They will fix your plumbing, perform your by-pass, and be your Pope. If you have them, that is. Heck, even criminals allowed the Bear to raise his family.
But if you can't be bothered with children, throw open the borders and turn your childless socialist paradise over to the Morlocks. But be prepared to live under their terms.
Right now, the sole sign of life in the Church is the philoprogenitive traditionalists: counter-cultural to the core in a wicked generation. This is one race the West can't afford for the rabbits to lose.
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