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Pope urges breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel

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marmitecat Sun 12-Jan-14 21:30:07

Go Pope Francis grin

I have to admit I felt a bit awkward feeding in church with dc1 so this is pretty much the ultimate way of dispelling that worry.

marmitecat Sun 12-Jan-14 21:30:28

this time the link works

AuntieStella Sun 12-Jan-14 21:33:34

A longer Papal quotation from that article:

"Today the choir will sing but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise.
"Some willcry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry," he said in a familiar, relaxed tone to the parents.
"If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here," he said.

I think is Pope is turning out rather well.

willyoulistentome Sun 12-Jan-14 21:41:16

Ooooh ooh. He's far more informed than my ever so Catholic Mum then, who objected to me feeding in front of brothers. I'd thought me and the 'church' were pretty much finished. Will be interested to see what else he has to say.

Methe Sun 12-Jan-14 21:43:14

It'd be a miracle if one could find room to breast feed in there.. When I went we were squashed in like sardines!

ToddleWaddle Sun 12-Jan-14 21:47:21

As a very lapsed catholic nice to see he is being progressive.

Longdistance Sun 12-Jan-14 21:54:10

I got my boobs out to feed my dd's in church. Right in front of the priest once when dd2 was baptized. Meh, he didn't even flitch.

Quite frankly, I don't think the Virgin Mary popped to Boots to get milk for baby Jesus. They have no cause to ever complain, seen as there are lots of painting/statues of Mary feeding Jesus, and it wasn't with a TT bottle grin

CallieG Mon 13-Jan-14 10:46:38

The most sensible thing that has ever come out of a mans mouth.

worldgonecrazy Mon 13-Jan-14 10:47:51

I never felt awkward feeding in churches, CofE, Catholic and Cathedrals. If anyone wanted to say anything, I did have a retort about reading up on St. Bernard, but no one ever did.

This pope is proving to be a bit of a radical - can't see him lasting long!

Meglet Mon 13-Jan-14 10:54:54

longdistance Baby Jesus wasn't covered with a muslin cloth in all those paintings was he smile.

PetiteRaleuse Mon 13-Jan-14 10:59:11

I have never heard of anyone having issues from a priest or other religious person for feeding in a place of worship. I remember as a child going to church and people were feeding babies any way necessary, and bored toddlers got up and ran around. The priest (Catholic) used to stop the service and tell embarassed parents to just let them run around as church at that age should be fun. I think in fact it is the only place I ever saw women other than my mum breastfeeding.

I do remember other parishioners tut tutting and grumbling though at both feeding and noisy toddlers.

I am no longer religious but this Pope does seem far more relevant than his predecessors. He is upsetting the reoigious conservatives which is a good thing imo.

AuntieStella Mon 13-Jan-14 11:02:32

Pope Francis is putting a great deal of emphasis on compassion in society in general, and on assistance to the poor; and is putting thought about the right things to do ahead the trappings of religiosity. These are important changes.

TalkativeJim Mon 13-Jan-14 11:09:20

A welcome approach.

'In another apparent first in the Vatican, he agreed to baptise seven-month-old Giulia Scardia, even though his parents married in a town hall.

Such a civil service is not technically recognised by the Catholic Church.

But the pope has said several times since his election that the Church must not make children of couples in "irregular situations" feel like "second-class faithful".'

A step in the right direction maybe!

BlessThisMess Mon 13-Jan-14 11:26:28

I have breastfed in the Sistine Chapel! Went there when my now 12yo DD was 4 months old, and as we were looking round she started fussing and fretting, so I sat on the base of a pillar and fed her. If anybody had dared to object I would have had plenty to say on the matter, but nobody batted an eyelid :-)

I am not Catholic, but I love this Pope!

Rooners Mon 13-Jan-14 11:29:33

We need him to say something decent about homosexuality next.

My mother sees him as Very Important and this would help a lot.


Halfling Mon 13-Jan-14 11:36:14

This is what he has said on homosexuality - "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?" [[ BBC]]

I so far like him and hope he lasts.

Halfling Mon 13-Jan-14 11:36:34

Clickable link

Rooners Mon 13-Jan-14 11:37:49


I will pass that on! Thanks smile

PetiteRaleuse Mon 13-Jan-14 11:42:05

He can't change everything but he is making baby steps. With the next one they'll choose either someone to keep up the good work or they will pick someone who'll drag them back 100 years. Depends how many senior people he pisses off with his perfectly reasonable statements.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Mon 13-Jan-14 11:44:26

I do like him and he has been saying some good and much needed stuff.
Lovely that he took the name Francis, my (everyone's ?) favourite saint smile
But I'd like to see him accepting contraception as a positive thing too. Especially condoms!
Good family planning can bring many benefits for women, families, and the world.

Bollard Mon 13-Jan-14 11:46:39

The sermon on Christmas Day at the Mass I went to was about the Pope's statement "who are you to judge", with specific reference to homosexuality. This new Pope is wonderful smile

AuntieStella Mon 13-Jan-14 11:50:31

He has said condoms can be permissible to prevent disease.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Mon 13-Jan-14 12:06:45

Oh good. That's a really important start, just needs to be applied as widely as possible ?!

Lemele Mon 13-Jan-14 12:32:32

As a Christian myself I am always pleased when common sense and religion are put together.

likeit Mon 13-Jan-14 12:33:58

Good to hear it!

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