Pope: “Effective policies for the birth rate and the family”

“At the root of the current demographic crisis there is, together with various social and cultural factors, an imbalance in the vision of sexuality”

The Pope forcefully asks for policies that help families and concrete aid to counter the demographic winter. “How wonderful it is to build a Europe centered on the person and on peoples, where there are effective policies for the birth rate and the family, carefully pursued in this country, where different nations are a family in which the growth and uniqueness of each are preserved ”, observes Bergoglio speaking to the Hungarian authorities, the diplomatic corps and civil society.

“The ‘Billings method‘ represents one of the most appropriate ways to responsibly realize the desire to be a parent. If it is good to help and support a legitimate desire to generate with the most advanced scientific knowledge and with technologies that treat and enhance fertility, it is not good to create test tube embryos and then suppress them, trade in gametes and resort to the practice of the uterus in rent” then Pope Francis underlined, in the message read by Monsignor Claudio Giuliodori, general ecclesiastical assistant of the Catholic University, at the Woomb International Congress entitled ‘The Billings Revolution 70 years later’, in the Auditorium of the Rome branch of the Catholic University.

The congress is promoted by the Center for Studies and Research for the Natural Regulation of Fertility – ISI, by the Center for Research and Studies on Procreative Health, by the University Pastoral Center, by the World Organization Ovulation Method Billings (Woomb) and by the University Center in bioethics and life sciences, in collaboration with the associations Billings OdV (Cimob-OdV) and Donum Vitae.

For the Pope, “at the root of the current demographic crisis there is, together with various social and cultural factors, an imbalance in the vision of sexualityand it is no coincidence that the ‘Billings Method’ is also a resource for dealing with infertility problems in a natural way and for helping spouses become parents by identifying the most fertile periods”.

“The heart of the problem of the Italian drop in the birth rate – explained the Minister for Equal Opportunities and the Family, Eugenia Roccella, in a video message – is undoubtedly the loss of the social value of motherhood, of that chain of transmission of knowledge that was a time around women. Today the parental network has become unraveled, but we can reconstruct its plot through a proximity welfare, but also through the ability to allow women access to information. The ‘Billings Method’ is fundamental, it is truly a revolution as you have defined it – she underlines – It is not a birth control method as it is sometimes declassified, a philosophy of life that focuses on scientific knowledge and women’s ability to have a relationship of awareness with one’s body. This natural method also implies sharing as a couple, without medicalising the process”.

On the stage of the Auditorium there were speeches by Maria Luisa di Pietro, director of the Center for research and studies on procreative health of the University’s Faculty of Medicine and Surgery; Bernadette Davies, one of the five directors of the World Organization Ovulation Method Billings (Woomb), present in Rome together with Gillian Barker; Massimo Antonelli, director of the University Center for Bioethics and Life Sciences; Claudio Celli, president of the Paul VI International Scientific Institute, Italy, and Antonio Gasbarrini, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Catholic University.