Doubting Sotto: Tito Sen doesn’t believe Pope Francis said anything against "breeding like rabbits"

The Senator is looking for sources and evidence.


( On Tuesday, January 20, publications like The Guardian ran a story quoting Pope Francis saying something along the lines of "good Catholics do not have to breed like rabbits." The news agency put the quote in context, adding relevant details like where and when the Pontiff shared this nugget of information.


En route to Rome, he elaborated on his stand on "insidious" attacks against the family and somehow, he felt that he needed to clarify that he also believes in responsible parenthood. He cited meeting a woman pregnant with her eighth child after having seven cesarean deliveries, calling it "irresponsible" and that’s how the rabbits figure into the conversation. A website called Christian Today shared Pope Francis’ quote:


"Some people think that-excuse my expression here-that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No. Parenthood is about being responsible. This is clear."


A separate article by the BBC quoted Pope Francis saying, "God gave us the means to be reponsible."


But after the news broke out, Senator Vicento Sotto expressed his doubts. In a report by ABS-CBN News, Senator Sotto was described as incredulous.


"Somebody invented it. Somebody invented the statement," he told journalists, according to the report by Ryan Chua. He added that the statement is uncharacteristic of the Pope, saying, "Nasaan ang soundbite? Nasaan ang video?"



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