Pope Francis in the Philippines, and on Charlie Hebdo

Unfortunately, the Pope hasn’t exactly said anything controversial or newsworthy lately.  Going back to his visit to the Philippines and Manila last month, Francis made several controversial statements on the plane while speaking to reporters. But, perhaps, his most moving moment of the whole trip, came while he was meeting with survivors of a typhoon that devastated the country in November 2013. Francis told the crowd, “Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silent. And I walk with you all with my silent heart” The pope sought to reassure his audience, declaring Jesus would never let them down. 

He also touched upon a controversial subject saying “Catholics shouldn’t breed like rabbits”. Everybody got all wadded up about this, and then, this past Wednesday, Pope Francis said “having more children is not an irresponsible choice” He condemned a society that does not reproduce as a “depressed” society.

Perhaps the biggest quote to come from the Pope early in this new year, he said that if somebody uses freedom of speech as a form of aggression, they can expect a punch.“One cannot react violently, but if [someone] says something bad about my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s to be expected,” the pontiff said. “There are a lot of people who speak badly about other religions. They make fun of them. What happens is what happens with my friend [who insults my mother]. There is a limit.” Some portions of the media portrayed this as the Pope advocating violence. What he’s really saying is to be responsible when talking about sensitive subjects, and if you’re going to say something, almost punch-worthy, or something somebody would get upset over, expect a punch back.

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