Speaking yesterday at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis said: "Not having children is a selfish choice," the Catholic News website reports today (February 12, 2015).
"Life rejuvenates and brings multiplying energy: It enriches, it does not impoverish," said Francis, speaking during the audience on the role of children in the family.
"A society stingy in generation, that does not love to surround itself in children, that considers them overall a worry, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society," said the Pope.
Francis made his remarks about the need to have children in a brief aside about the low level of birthrates in European countries. "Let's think of many societies that we know here in Europe," said the Pope. "They are depressed societies because they do not want children, they do not have children. The level of birth does not arrive at one percent."