January 11th, 2015 11:40 EST
Pope Francis Tells Moms in Sistine Chapel: Feel Free to Breastfeed Here
"Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told the mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried or were hungry.
`You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don`t worry,` he said, departing from his prepared text.
The written text of his homily had the phrase `give them milk,` but he changed it to use the Italian term `allattateli`, which means `breastfeed them,` and added that they should not hesitate."
There`s no denying the fact that the Roman Catholic Church is a patriarchal organization that excludes women from positions of leadership, men are seen as intellectually and spiritually superior to women.
It`s somewhat surprising to see Pope Francis have such an enlightened attitude towards women breastfeeding in public, but then again the pontiff has surprised us time and time again with his reformist ideas.
Maybe Pope Francis will have an epiphany and realize that not only can a woman breastfeed in a church, but she can lead the mass as a priest. One can hope ...
Breastfeeding an infant in church is as pure and wholesome as baptizing him in church.