I agree that he’s thoughtful, and I think compassionate as well, but he’s blocked in by doctrines he won’t discard and an institution more powerful than he is, no matter what he thinks and feels.
Takes a generation or sometimes two for birthrates to drop to the norm for immigrants. Hardly something to tear all your hair out over.
But what other fun do the Catholic poor have? And it makes for a larger credulous flock for the hierarchy to abuse.
Some Roman Catholic friends had five kids. One of their daughters has five kids, about a year apart. The other daughter and their three sons have only two kids, or none. Guess which ones are among the “new breed” (breeders) of Catholics who bypass that contraception edict?
Well, after all, rabbits are on the lower end of the food chain!