Pope Francis Strikes Again, Takes Unexpected New Stance on Public Breastfeeding

1555465_10152161017802489_352795790_n-2I’ll be the first to admit that Pope Francis has a long way to go if he’s really going drastically change the public image of not just the Catholic Church, but Christianity as a whole.

That being said, he’s only been in his current position for less than a year.  Yet in that time he’s made some remarkable comments and stances that are in complete contrast to his predecessors.  Though he’s still yet to really clarify publicly his firm stance on issues like abortion, homosexuality or contraception — he’s made it clear that he feels it’s time the church focuses more attention on matters like helping the poor rather than hot-button social issues.

Personally I believe his goal is to modernize the church on many of these key social issues over time, but he knows he can’t just come out and say that because change often happens (and is more accepted) when it’s done slowly rather than quickly.

That being said, he was pretty clear on his recent comments about public breastfeeding.

During a Sunday ceremony where 32 babies were baptized, Pope Francis said:

“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice, because they are the most important people here.  Today the choir will sing but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry.”

These words go along with a story from a short time ago where a woman apparently seemed nervous about feeding her baby in the presence of the Pope, when he encouraged the woman to give the baby something to eat.

While these words to most might elicit a response of, “What’s the big deal, breastfeeding is natural!” still it’s important to remember that even in a progressive society there still remains a debate over public breastfeeding.  So for the Pope to not only seemingly endorse it, but encourage it in the Sistine Chapel is actually a pretty big deal.

But like I said before, the Pope still has a long way to go if he wants to make a real difference in the perception many have not just of the Catholic Church but of Christianity as a whole.  He’s far from perfect and has yet to really come out with a definitive stance on several key issues that many people are anxious to hear from him on.  Which might be his plan.  Like I said, change often happens slowly.  Perhaps Pope Francis is well aware of that and has chosen to take a slower approach rather than risk his long-term plan towards progress by acting impatiently.

However, if his first year is any indication of his future plans, I am highly encouraged as to what this Pope might be able to accomplish.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Edward Krebbs

    I’ve seen public breastfeeding done very discretely and I’ve seen it done totally without modesty. Just hope that mothers will choose the former. (In the vein of avoiding the extremes).

    • Albert Buchheit

      I don’t understand this so called needed “modesty” about breastfeeding. What is more natural than a mother breastfeeding her baby? If breastfeeding is a problem for you then you are the problem.

      • Edward Krebbs

        Albert,. perhaps it is not that I have a trouble with breastfeeding in public but rather only with certain ways I’ve seen it done. Similar argument to I don’t have trouble with public swimming but that doesn’t necessarily mean I support everything that has ever been done by people who are labeling their actions as swimming..

      • Albert Buchheit

        Apparently I have never seen breastfeeding in public in such ways as you have. To me breastfeeding is breastfeeding.

      • Suzie 1

        Try to imagine Albert’s hideous mother without a top on. There aren’t enough mops to clean up all that vomit.

      • Albert Buchheit

        What a vile comment. You must have a very sad life.

      • Pipercat

        Ad mominem, how juvenile…

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  • Minerva

    No, breastfeeding is not a pretty big deal, moron. This is nature. Pretty big deal is your dirty mind which makes breastfeeding dirty.

  • Kristinfan413years

    Catholicism is different than Christianity.

  • Kristinfan413years

    this is why the United States is a joke to the rest of the world. in Brazil they have nude beaches. I bet if we had those things. we’d be less of a perverted country.

  • sabrina murphy b.

    I am not christian however I have morals and can tell the difference between a good person and a horrible person. This Pope is genuinely a good person that seems to be making efforts at what is right for today.