Pope Francis celebrated on Monday with a special Daily Mass for couples with marriages ranging anywhere from 25 to 60 years, inside the chapel at the Santa Marta residence where he lives in the Vatican. He spoke to the couples about the “faithfulness, perseverance and fertility” in leading an exemplary Christian marriage — condemning married couples who choose not to procreate because of the influence of a “culture of well being,” which supposedly claims that life is better without kids.
Well, it’s not entirely worse. Disposable income, y’all! What what!
“You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree,” the pope said.
“It might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or not? Have you seen it?
“Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness.“
I can’t help but take this a bit personal, since my husband and I took our dog to a “doggie brunch” this weekend at one of our favorite restaurants, and then spent the rest of the day at a craft beer festival. We are literally the poster children for living out our old age in the “bitterness of loneliness,” according to Pope Sanctimonious.