人口和教皇

墨尔本—上个月,教皇方济各在从菲律宾返回罗马途中向记者说了一位女性的故事。这位女性通过剖腹产生了七个孩子,现在又怀上了第九个。他说这是在“诱惑上帝”。他问她是否想让七个孩子成为孤儿。他继续说,天主教徒拥有可采用的手段控制生育,也应该构建“负责任的亲子关系”而不是“像兔子一样”猛生。

方济各的“兔子”说被媒体广泛报道,但很少有媒体报道,他还说,外部机构不应该将其关于家庭规模控制的观点施加给发展中世界。“每一个人”,他说,都应该能够保持自己的身份而不被“意识形态殖民”。

这番评论的讽刺之处在于,在菲律宾这个人口超1亿并且五分之四为罗马天主教徒的国家,天主教会正是意识形态殖民者。毕竟,是教会大力寻求向菲律宾人施加反避孕观点,他们甚至反对政府向农村贫困人口提供避孕手段。

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